Affordable senior housing
On September 20, the Colorado Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) awarded Kappa Housing Inc. (KHI), Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to build a 70-unit senior housing project in the Stapleton Area at the intersection of Northfield Blvd. and Central Park Blvd. The project will consist of 1 and 2 bedroom units for seniors that are 62 and older and persons with disabilities and incomes ranging from 30 percent to 60 percent of area median income. KHI, is a 36-year-old 501(c) (3) private non-profit corporation organized in 1981 by members of the Denver Alumni Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity for the purpose of providing housing for low-and moderate-income senior citizens. Construction is estimated to begin in summer of 2019 and completion by 2021.
DHS improves background checks for child welfare services
Denver Human Services is doing a better job of documenting appropriate background checks and measuring the impact of its programs after a city audit found flaws in the Child Welfare Division. A follow-up report from Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien found the agency has made all the changes recommended in the original 2017 audit to help ensure the success of programs intended to help at-risk children. Auditor O’Brien applauded the agency’s efforts. “DHS should be commended for thoroughly responding to our audit and improving its operations,” Auditor O’Brien. “This is a sign that the audit process works and that working closely with agencies to identify areas of concern can truly make our city a better place.” The original audit in October 2017 found Denver Human Services needed to do a better job of documenting that it had done required background checks for employees working with children. Since then, the agency has revised its internal background check policy to clearly identify which types of background checks are required for all types of job candidates.
Roberto A. Silva is sworn in
Roberto A. Silva, appointed recently by Gov. John Hickenlooper to the Pueblo County Court, was sworn in during a ceremony on Oct. 11, at Courtroom 501 of the Pueblo Combined Court at 501 N. Elizabeth St. in Pueblo. Chief Judge Deborah Eyler presided. Silva fills a vacancy created by the resignation of the Hon. Valerie Haynes. Since 1999, Silva has served as managing attorney of the Pueblo office of Colorado Legal Services, representing clients in protection order, divorce, child custody, consumer collections, and housing cases. Before that, he worked as an attorney with Pikes Peak Arkansas
The President’s Commission on White House Fellows announces the appointment of the 2018-2019 class of White House Fellows. The White House Fellowship provides professionals from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to engage in public service for one year by serving in various roles in the Federal government. Created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the White House Fellows Program was designed “to give the Fellows first hand, high-level experience with the workings of the Federal government and to increase their sense of participation in national affairs.”
Amid presidential bid rumors Governor John Hickenlooper faces allegations concerning travel and gift policies. Gov. Hickenlooper responded by saying this, “It looks like the organization was created in the last few days to trump up frivolous accusations. They ignored the Independent Ethics Commission process by going straight to the media. This is clearly a political stunt aimed at influencing the upcoming election.”
The City and County of Denver has been awarded its Fiscal Year 2017 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funding, following its withholding for more than a year. Denver participated in litigation filed in other jurisdictions to challenge the Department of Justice’s withholding of this grant money to so-called “sanctuary cities.” With the success of the legal challenge, and with the further assistance of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Denver is being awarded $423,861 in FY17 JAG funding, as well as $270,674 as a sub-grantee of the State of Colorado’s JAG award, for a total of $694,535 in funding.