DeGette secures $13.3 million for Denver-area projects in House-passed bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives today approved a package of annual appropriations bills that will, among other things, provide millions of dollars to local non-profits and governmental agencies working to provide assistance to those experiencing homelessness in the Denver area.
Among the projects to be funded under the bill is $2 million for the city of Denver to purchase a now-vacant hotel and convert it into more housing for the homeless; $3 million for a local non-profit, Urban Peak, to build a new shelter for homeless youth in the Denver area; and $2 million to help the Tepeyac Community Health Clinic to expand its facility in Elyria-Swansea to provide additional health care services to residents there.
In all, at the urging of U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), the fiscal year 2022 appropriations package the House approved today will provide more than half-a-dozen Denver-area non-profits – as well as the city and county of Denver – with a combined $13.27 million to fund ten specific projects aimed at providing more housing and health care services to those struggling to make ends meet.
“The funding that this bill will provide to our community partners throughout the Denver area is invaluable to them,” DeGette said. “This funding will help make more housing available for those experiencing homelessness, more health care available in areas that desperately need it, and more support for those struggling to make ends meet.”
In April, DeGette submitted to the House Appropriations Committee a list of community projects she wanted the panel to fund in her district as part of this year’s annual appropriations process.
After further consulting with committee leaders, the panel agreed to fund all ten of DeGette’s requests in the final appropriations package that the House approved today – including the $2 million she requested for the purchase and renovation of the Stay Inn Hotel, located at 12033 E. 38th Ave., which she had made clear to the committee was one of her top priorities.
Among the total $13.27 million that was approved to fund projects in DeGette’s district is:
- $3,000,000 - Urban Peak’s Homeless Shelter for Youth: $3,000,000 for Urban Peak to construct two separate non-congregate shelters located at 1603 S. Acoma Street that, once complete, will provide housing and supportive services to young people experiencing homelessness in the Denver area.
- $2,000,000 - Stay Inn Hotel Acquisition: $2,000,000 for the City of Denver to purchase a now-vacant 95-room hotel to provide and convert it into more housing for those experiencing homelessness in the area.
- $2,000,000 - Colorado Coalition for the Homeless’ Stout Street Recuperative Care Project: $2,000,000 for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless to construct a new recuperative care facility that will provide homeless individuals with acute medical or behavioral health conditions – who no longer require hospitalization but cannot be safely discharged to the streets – a safe place to stay while they recover.
- $2,000,000 - Tepeyac Community Health Clinic: $2,000,000 for the Tepeyac Community Health Clinic to expand its facility at 2101 E. 48th Street to provide integrated physical, behavioral and dental health care to residents in the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood where such services are scarce.
- $1,450,000 - Denver’s Montbello FreshLo Project: $1,450,000 for the City and County of Denver to construct 97 units of affordable housing in Montbello as part of the Montbello FreshLo Project.
- $1,200,000 - Denver Health’s Center for Addiction Medicine Project: $1,200,000 for Denver Health’s Center for Addiction Medicine Project that will provide training and assistance to psychiatric, substance abuse and mental health facilities in the region.
- $1,000,000 - Center for African American Health: $1,000,000 for the Center for African American Health to renovate its building at 3350 Hudson Street to add offices for mental health consultations, a technology room to provide job-readiness classes, and a teaching kitchen to provide community cooking classes on how to eat healthy.
- $500,000 - Jewish Family Service of Colorado: $500,000 for the Jewish Family Service of Colorado to provide vocational training programs to Coloradans disproportionately affected by the pandemic - including people of color, immigrants, refugees, veterans and those with disabilities.
- $100,000 - United Way’s Bridging the Gap Project: $100,000 for Mile High United Way’s Bridging the Gap Project that provides critical supportive services to 18-year-olds transitioning out of the child welfare system into independence.
- $20,000 - Mi Casa Resource Center: $20,000 for Mi Casa Resource Center’s Creating Pathways to Opportunity for Vulnerable Colorado Workers Program that provides low-income residents the education and skills needed to succeed in pursuing higher education to help lift their family out of poverty.
The legislation, which was approved in the House by a vote of 219 - 208, now heads to the Senate for consideration.