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Week Of Special Interest 08/07/19
Photo courtesy: The Denver Zoo

By La Voz Staff

VA announces $400M to help homeless Vets

Thousands of low-income Veterans and their eligible family members will continue to have access to crucial homelessness services as a result of $426 million in grants to be awarded under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program.

This funding includes $62 million in new SSVF awards that support outreach, case management and other flexible assistance to rapidly re-house Veterans who become homeless or prevent Veterans from becoming homeless.

The grants will be awarded to 271 nonprofit organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A list of applicants who will be awarded grants is available at

“Ending Veteran homelessness remains a high priority and the SSVF program has proven to be remarkably effective in helping low-income Veterans and their families overcome housing crises,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie.

The Denver Zoo has a new resident

There’s a lot to roar about at the Denver Zoo with the arrival of an African lion cub, who was born on Thursday, July 25 to mom Neliah, 7, and dad Tobias, 3. Animal care staff say mom and her cub, whose name and sex are TBD, are both healthy, active and alert. The cub will make his or her debut later this summer after bonding with Neliah and meeting the rest of the pride behind the scenes in Benson Predator Ridge.

Half of Africa’s lions have disappeared in the past 25 years and the species faces growing threats from poaching, loss of prey and habitat destruction. The cub’s birth is a huge success for the Lion Species Survival Plan (SSP), which ensures healthy, genetically diverse populations of lions within Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) institutions, and is managed by Denver Zoo Vice President for Animal Care Hollie Colahan. The SSP recommended Tobias move to Denver Zoo in 2018 as a potential mate for Neliah and her daughter, Kamara.

Neliah and her cub are spending most of their time in their den box, which the animal care team provided as an option for Neliah to deliver and nurse that mimics the space she would seek in the wild. While she has access to other areas of Predator Ridge, she chose the den box because it gives her a sense of security, and will use it as the primary space for the cub for the next six to eight weeks. Guests will be able to catch a glimpse of Neliah and her cub on the TV screens in Pahali Ya Simba in Benson Predator Ridge before his or her public debut in the coming weeks.

Our Government

White House

President Trump’s remarks about two mass shootings over the weekend: “On Saturday morning, in El Paso, Texas, a wicked man went to a Walmart store, where families were shopping with their loved ones. He shot and murdered 20 people, and injured 26 others, including precious little children. Then, in the early hours of Sunday morning in Dayton, Ohio, another twisted monster opened fire on a crowded downtown street. He murdered 9 people, including his own sister, and injured 27 others.

The First Lady and I join all Americans in praying and grieving for the victims, their families, and the survivors. We will stand by their side forever. We will never forget.

Colorado Governor

Following Gov. Polis’ announcement that Colorado received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for a bipartisan reinsurance program to reduce health care premiums on the individual market by an average of 18.2 percent, federal, state, and local officials along with health care experts from across the state praised the innovative program that will save Coloradans money on their health care costs.

Denver Mayor

Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Happy Haynes, Executive Director of Parks and Recreation, Stacie Gilmore, City Councilwoman (Dist. 11) and Ken MacKenzie, Executive Director Mile High Flood District, Wednesday July 31, celebrated the completion of First Creek Park, the largest nature-play initiative connecting residents to natural outdoor experiences.

The new 6.3 acre park, located in Green Valley Ranch near 56th Avenue and Tower Road, is adjacent to the 12.2 First Creek Trail corridor in a growing neighborhood that previously lacked easy access to a quality park.





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