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Week Of Special Interest 03/13/19
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By La Voz Staff

Denver awards $9 million to organizations

Denver Economic Development & Opportunity (DEDO) announced the recent completion of 36 contracts, providing a diverse range of public benefit projects throughout 2019, including housing services, workforce development, entrepreneurship, child care and other programs supporting self sufficiency and asset building. The funded projects were selected from 85 proposals received in response to a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) that DEDO issued on August 31, 2018.

In total, these 2019 contracts are anticipated to benefit nearly 10,000 Denver households and individuals throughout Denver. Households/individuals served are predominantly low- and moderate-income.

A total of $7.9 million has been awarded among 24 housing programs supporting residents experiencing homelessness, as well as low- and moderate-income renters and current/aspiring homeowners. Programs support activities as outlined in Housing an Inclusive Denver, the city’s five-year housing policy, strategy and investment plan.

CDOT mourns the loss of Eric Hill

Mr. Hill served as a Transportation Maintenance employee in Region 3, section 2 Mary Area, patrol 18 in Gypsum. He was struck during a maintenance operation near Gypsum by a CDOT vehicle. The Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and CDOT are conducting an investigation and further details will be provided in the coming days.

“We are devastated by the loss of one of our own. Eric Hill was dedicated to keeping his community safe, both as part of the CDOT team and during his long career Gypsum fire protection district,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “All of CDOT joins together in supporting his family, friends and neighbors, and colleagues during this tragic time.”

Mr. Hill was with Gypsum Fire Protection District for 19 years as a volunteer and paid Lieutenant and EMT-B. He also served as a Lieutenant with Greater Eagle Fire Protection District. A lifelong native of Gypsum, Mr. Hill graduated in 1986 from Eagle Valley High School. He served in the United States Air Force for four years. He is survived by his wife, Cissy, two grown children, Kasie Reynolds-Vasquez and Tyler Dohman, and a nine-year-old son, Brodie Hill, as well as two granddaughters.

“Each CDOT employee is part of a work family that supports and cares for one another, and we all mourn the loss of Eric Hill,” stated Kyle Lester, Director, Division of Highway Maintenance. “Our strength and hope will be there to support Eric Hill’s family, as we have also lost a family member.”

Currently, there are no details on the plans for a memorial service. Please respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.

Our Government

White House

This spring, the White House will open its gardens and grounds to visitors. The grounds will be open on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Visitors can discover the beauty of the South Lawn of the White House. This event is free and open to the public; however, a ticket is required, for all attendees (including small children). The National Park Service (NPS) will distribute free, timed tickets at a tent stationed near the entry point each day beginning at 8:30 a.m. Visit for more details.

Colorado Governor

The Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) today released its quarterly economic forecast. Colorado’s economy continues growing, but at a more moderate pace than in 2017 and 2018. A rapidly growing labor force is allowing job growth to continue despite a low unemployment rate. Inflation is mild. Housing price growth and rental rate increases slowed in the second half of 2018 but affordability remains a concern. Commercial lending standards tightened slightly.

Denver Mayor

The City and County of Denver is among the government agencies that support Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Attorney General Phil Weiser in filing suit against the Trump administration for withholding public safety funds over immigration enforcement policies. To date, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has withheld roughly $2.7 million in Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) from the state. The City and County of Denver expected to receive $694,535.





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