DeGette seeks $40 million for Denver-area projects

WASHINGTON DC- U.S. Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO) announced today that she has requested more than $40 million to fund more than a dozen community projects in the Denver area designed to make housing more affordable, food and essential health services available to people living in need.

The funding request comes just months after DeGette successfully secured $13.3 million to fund ten local projects aimed at creating more housing for the homeless and providing more essential health services in some of the communities. Denver’s most underserved.

“There are a lot of people in our community who are struggling to make ends meet,” DeGette said. “Funding for these projects will help us make more food, shelter and medical care available to those who need it – and, more importantly, they will provide an essential lifeline to those who need it most. of our help.”

In total, DeGette has requested $40.4 million to fund 15 projects across Denver — including $4 million to help Warren Village build 74 more apartments for single-parent families struggling to make ends meet and who have need a place to live; $1 million to help Habitat for Humanity build six new single-family homes in Villa Park; and $5 million to help the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless purchase the Clarion Hotel located in 200 Warner Place West and convert it into housing for those experiencing homelessness.

DeGette also requested $3.2 million to help expand two local food pantries and purchase additional equipment so they can serve even more residents, as well as $3.4 million to help the city and county. of Denver to build a new youth center at the Central Library.

DeGette submitted his funding requests for the 15 projects to the House Appropriations Committee late last month. Lawmakers on the panel will review applications and decide which projects to fund under the federal government’s fiscal year 2023 spending bill.

Here is a list of the 15 projects DeGette has requested funding for in the Denver area:

  1. $4,000,000 for Warren Village to build 74 additional apartments that would then be made available to low-income single-parent families in southwest Denver who are struggling to make ends meet.
  2. $5,000,000 for Colorado Coalition for the Homeless to help finance the purchase of the Clarion hotel located in 200 Warner Place West and convert it into more housing for homeless people in the Denver area.
  3. $1,000,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver to help build six new single-family homes in Villa Park.
  4. $413,940 for Urban Summit to provide ongoing services during construction of a new homeless youth shelter at 1603 S. Acoma Street which, when completed, will be able to provide housing and support services to over 135 homeless youth -shelter in the Denver area.
  5. $2,000,000 for the We don’t waste organization to help them acquire the additional space needed to expand their food recovery efforts, which helps feed Denver’s low-income families while diverting millions of pounds of food waste from local landfills each year.
  6. $1,200,000 for the Rocky Mountain Food Bank to purchase additional coolers and freezers for its headquarters in Montbello so that it can safely store more fresh produce, meat and dairy products which will then be made available to families in need throughout the region of Denver.
  7. $3,400,000 for the City and County of Denver to build a new 10,000 square foot Denver Youth Center at the Central Library that would provide access to technology and various support programs for underserved youth in the Denver area.
  8. $2,000,000 for Services of La Raza to create a community center that would serve low-income residents of Barnum. When completed, the new center would offer workforce development training, certifications, financial literacy, and a variety of holistic services that address equity gaps and social determinants of health.
  9. $1,000,000 for Tennyson Center for Children to complete construction of the center’s new Youth Mental Health Treatment Center in North Denver, which will focus on the urgent and unmet mental health needs of low-income, vulnerable children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  10. $165,688 for the Downtown Health Center to replace heavily used equipment at its medical and dental clinics located at 3800 York Street in North Denver that provide essential services to people living in underserved communities.
  11. $3,200.00 for Denver Health to make essential oral health and imaging services available in some of Denver’s most underserved communities.
  12. $5,000,000 for the City and County of Denver to help fund the ongoing revitalization of the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall and Transitway.
  13. $2,000,000 for the City and County of Denver‘s Office of Climate Action Sustainability and Resilience to electrify water heaters and water heaters in 100 affordable multi-family apartments in Denver to increase their energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint.
  14. $3,150,000 for Denver International Airport to renovate and improve security in the Great Hall. Specifically, the money would be used to purchase Enhanced Advanced Imaging Technology (eAIT) – or body scanners – for use in the airport’s Great Hall Phase 2 security screening program to provide the highest level of security and safety as it continues to grow. from around 59 million passengers in 2021 to 100 million passengers forecast over the decade.
  15. $7,000,000 for Regional Transportation District (RTD) to replace existing rails, switches, raised blocks, concrete pads and associated elements for the alignment of rails along the Central Corridor, which runs through downtown Denver.

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