Author:

Jakob Rodgers

Nonprofit and health reporter

Jakob Rodgers joined The Gazette in April 2010, affording him the chance to work for his hometown newspaper. He spent time on the crime and military beats before reporting on the public safety net -- a wide-ranging beat encompassing social services, public health and nonprofit organizations.

The apartments - for which land has already been purchased - aim to help address a critical affordable housing shortage in El Paso County. (Artist rendering)
Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful staff members Kevin, left, and Devon pick up trash Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at an abandoned homeless campsite along the banks of Fountain Creek north of the Martin Luther KIng Jr. Bypass and I-25. Both declined to provide their last names. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
A homeless man gathers together his belongings to move from a homeless camp that will be cleared out Tuesday morning. The area is beneath the MLK Bypass on and off ramps on I-25. Monday, February 13, 2017.photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
FIRST AMERICAN CHRISTMAS
Katie Jensen opens up a bracelet for Fawouzia Zenaba, 8, at her home on December 25, 2016. The Jensen's hosted refugees from central Africa for their first American Christmas, and their church donated gifts for them to open. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
Health Overhaul Colorado
FILE - In this March 31, 2015, file photo, walk-in clients wait for their names to be called to sign up for insurance. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
FILE - A line of people line up to get into a warm place to spend the night at the Salvation Army Warming Shelter on Sunday, January 31, 2016. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette
Health Overhaul Colorado
In this March 31, 2014 file photo, Michelle Decker, left, an employee of Connect For Health Colorado, the state's health care exchange, explains options and procedures. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Marijuana Health Effects
FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, marijuana grows at a medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)