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U.S. Rep. DeGette Secures $20.8 Million for Denver-Area Projects in House-Passed Bill


 

 

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) announced on Wednesday that she has secured more than $20.8 million to help fund 11 projects in the Denver area as part of a government spending bill the U.S. House approved on July 20.

 

The projects are designed to make more housing, food and other essential services available to those in need throughout the Mile High city.

 

Among the projects that would be funded under the legislation is $4 million to help Warren Village build dozens of new apartments for single-parent families struggling to make ends meet and in need of a place to live; $1 million to help Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver build several new single-family homes in Villa Park; and $4 million to help Colorado Coalition for the Homeless purchase a hotel in North Denver and convert it into more housing for those who are experiencing homelessness.

 

“No family should have to worry whether they’ll be able to put food on their table or a roof over their heads at night,” DeGette said. “Every one of these projects has the potential to provide a much-needed lifeline to someone in need. And for those struggling to make ends meet or desperately searching for an affordable place to live, the help these projects will provide can’t come soon enough.”

 

“Every one of these projects has the potential to provide a much-needed lifeline to someone in need.”
U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette

 

In addition to securing more than $10 million to help those experiencing homelessness or food insecurity in the Denver area as part of this year’s spending bill, DeGette also secured an additional $4 million for Denver’s Regional Transportation District to increase safety for riders along its downtown corridor, and $2 million for Denver’s Office of Climate Action Sustainability and Resilience to increase the energy efficiency of more than 100 affordable housing units throughout the Denver area.

 

The legislation, which the House approved by a vote of 220 – 207, now heads to the Senate for its consideration.

 

If ultimately approved, the more than $20.8 million DeGette secured for Denver-area projects in this year’s spending bill would come on top of the $13.3 million she successfully secured in last year’s spending bill to help fund a series of projects aimed at helping those experiencing homelessness in her district.

 

In addition to the funding approved today by the House, DeGette has also requested more than $3.3 million to fund several other Denver-area projects aimed at providing additional health services to those in need, which the House is expected to consider next week.

 

Following is the full list of Denver-area projects DeGette secured in the spending bill the House approved on July 20:

 

$4,000,000 for Warren Village to build an additional 74 apartments that would then be made available to low-income, single-parent families in southwest Denver who are struggling to make ends meet.

 

$4,000,000 for Colorado Coalition for the Homeless to help fund the purchase of the Clarion Hotel located at 200 West Warner Place and convert it into more housing for those experiencing homelessness in the Denver area.

 

$4,000,000 for Regional Transportation District (RTD) to replace existing rail, switches, highblocks, concrete flatwork, and items associated with the rail alignment along the Central Corridor, which operates through the Downtown Denver area.

 

$2,000,000 for Servicios de La Raza to create a community center that would serve low-income residents in Barnum. Once complete, the new center would provide workforce development training, certifications, financial literacy and a variety of wraparound services that address equity gaps and the social determinants of health.

 

$2,000,000 for the City and County of Denver’s Office of Climate Action Sustainability and Resilience to electrify space and water heaters in 100 affordable multifamily apartment units in Denver to increase their energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprints. 

 

$1,200,000 for the Food Bank of the Rockies to purchase additional coolers and freezers for its headquarters in Montbello so it can safely store more fresh produce, meat, and dairy that will then be made available to families in need throughout the Denver area.

 

$1,000,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver to assist with the construction of six new single-family homes in Villa Park.

 

$750,000 for the We Don’t Waste organization to help them acquire additional space needed to expand their food-recovery efforts, which is helping to feed low-income families throughout Denver while, at the same time, diverting millions of pounds of food waste from local landfills each year.

 

$750,000 for the City and County of Denver to help construct a new 10,000-square-foot center for Denver’s youth at the Central Library that would provide access to technology and various support programs for underserved youth in the Denver area.

 

$750,000 for the City and County of Denver to help fund the ongoing revitalization of the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall and Transitway.

 

$413,940 for Urban Peak to provide continued services during the construction of a new shelter for homeless youth at 1603 S. Acoma Street that, once complete, will be able to provide housing and supportive services to more than 135 young people experiencing homelessness in the Denver area.

 

 

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