Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients will receive $1 admission to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science per person for up to 10 people when they show their EBT card. This pilot program will run through Dec. 31
Download the PDF to learn more.
Check out the newly redesigned website about Photo Enforcement, which includes speed vans and red light cameras. Here you’ll find answers to questions like, “How are enforcement locations chosen” and “why are tickets issued for stopping past the stop-bar?”
You can also request enforcement to address speeding problem areas that you are concerned about. The Photo Enforcement team will look into the street to determine if a speed van can help address the issue.
Using modern and reliable technology to make our roads safer for everyone, Denver is committed to smarter safety.
The Denver Police Department highly values its partnership with the community and recognizes that having public engagement creates a successful law enforcement agency. Continuing with Department’s mission to collaborate with the community to make Denver a better and safer place for all its members, DPD invites interested community members to apply to join the Chief’s Community Advisory Board. Selected members of the Chief’s Community Advisory Board will advise the Chief of Police on issues, matters and public policies, which influence or impact the ongoing relationship between the Denver Police Department, and the community we serve.
The Chief’s Community Advisory Board is empowered by the Chief of Police and the Executive Director of Public Safety for the City and County of Denver. This board is initiated by the Chief and Executive Director in recognition of the overwhelming need for the community and police to work together, in a collaborative and cooperative way, to best serve all the people of the City and County of Denver.
To carry out its duty and responsibility, the Chief’s Community Advisory Board will at a minimum;
Help us collect data about walking, biking, and transit conditions around Athmar Park! This data will help the Active Living Coalition to create an Active Living Plan to guide us to prioritize and advocate for improved conditions for walking, biking and wheelchair rolling!
Sign up to volunteer!
Spread the word with this flyer in Spanish and English!
With Memorial Day and weekend approaching, the Denver Police Department reminds those who consume marijuana and/or alcohol to not get behind the wheel. During the holiday weekend, the Denver Police Department will operate DUI checkpoints and impaired driving saturation patrols at various locations throughout the city. Although the locations, dates, and times are undisclosed, drivers should be aware of the extra patrols and plan ahead for safe travels this weekend and always.
“As Denverites honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country this Memorial Day Weekend, we ask them to do so responsibly,” said Robert C. White, Denver Police Chief. “With the many transportation options in and around town, there is no excuse to drive while being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Please plan ahead and make it a safe weekend for everyone!”
During Memorial Day Weekend in 2016, 46 drivers were arrested for driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Denver. Be smart, safe and consume responsibly.
Two pilot projects add 210 storage units for those connecting to jobs and health services
The City and County of Denver, through Denver’s Road Home and the Office of Housing & Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE), is adding 210 new storage units for people experiencing homelessness through two pilot projects announced today: a sidewalk storage pilot and expansion of day shelter storage.
“A person living without a home currently has few options to safely store their personal belongings,” said Office of HOPE Executive Director Erik Soliván. “Those experiencing homelessness have told us that not having a place where they can safely store their belongings can be barrier to them obtaining a good job, shelter at night, and good health. We listened, and we’re bringing that barrier down. These two pilot projects will increase safe, secure storage for a short time while people engage in work, health services and shelter.”
We’re pleased to share the news that Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) has just launched Generation Wild, a multi-year, statewide campaign to get Colorado kids outside more often. Kids today are spending less time playing outside than past generations—averaging only 4-7 minutes per day in unstructured play.
Playing outside isn’t just fun, it’s also highly beneficial. Research has shown that children who play outside are happier and healthier. Plus, spending time in nature as a child helps you grow to appreciate the environment as an adult.
If you’re interested in helping us spread the word, you can download and share a copy of ‘100 things to do before you’re 12’ in English and Spanish here.
Initiative is one of the 30 short-term action items in six months underway by Office of HOPE
Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s Office of Housing and Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE) today outlined a new citywide partnership aimed at providing coordinated, strategic assistance for people facing eviction, and support for vulnerable neighborhoods. The initiative is one of the 30 short-term action items unveiled by Mayor Hancock and the Office of HOPE on Friday at the Denver Housing Summit.
“We know far too many people in Denver are facing eviction, are being priced out of their homes, or are living in a community that is highly vulnerable to change that displaces longtime residents,” Mayor Hancock said. “Through the Office of HOPE’s coordinated eviction assistance programs, we are pulling together the city’s work to strategically invest city dollars to help the most people gain or maintain affordable homes, good paying jobs, and healthy lifestyles.”
Denver Arts & Venues and the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs are now accepting proposals for the third year of the IMAGINE 2020 Fund.
Applications are due Friday, June 26 at 5 p.m., and award notification will be mid-July. The funding and implementation period is August 2017 through December 2018.
Proposals indicating collaboration among multiple groups are strongly encouraged. Proposed programs should be inspired by one or more of the seven vision elements outlined in IMAGINE 2020 – Denver’s Cultural Plan: Integration, Amplification, Accessibility, Lifelong Learning, Local Talent, Economic Vitality and Collective Leadership. City agencies, cultural institutions, businesses, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, neighborhood and community-based organizations, and individuals located in the City and County of Denver are eligible to submit an application.
In 2015, Denver Arts & Venues launched the IMAGINE 2020 Fund which provided funding support for 29 new, creative and innovative programs through two grant cycles 2015-17.
The IMAGINE 2020 Fund provides up to $5,000 per program. Eligible applicants can apply for programs that are new or in development since the launch of the IMAGINE 2020 Cultural Plan (Spring 2014). Programs must demonstrate a 1:1 or more match of resources including volunteer labor (valued at $20/hour), donated materials or cash. Programs must take place in the City and County of Denver, in the calendar years 2017-18 and must have a project director who will initiate, plan, implement and track the impact of the program. Projects can be independent or collaborative and reflect the applicant’s unique interpretation of the cultural plan.
In Spring 2013, Denver’s community gathered to provide a strategic vision and future platform for arts, culture and creativity in the City and County that became IMAGINE 2020 - Denver’s Cultural Plan. IMAGINE 2020 is Denver’s first cultural plan since 1989 and reflects the vision, goals and aspirations of everyone who contributed ideas through the planning process and will help guide resources, support and direction for Denver’s arts and culture in all their many forms.
Full details, guidelines and the application can be found on ArtsandVenues.com.
Check out the PDF of the Existing Conditions Report of the Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails Plan. The purpose of this document is to summarize the current state of our pedestrian and regional trail network and provide a foundation for which future network recommendations will be built upon.
At the end of the summer Public Works will be going back out into the community to discuss what the future networks will look like and will be asking you to weigh in on preferences for moving forward.
DURA has programs that may be able to assist low to moderate income Denver homeowners whose homes may have been damaged as a result of recent hail and storm activity. Download the PDF Flyer for more information (English and Spanish) or you can call (303) 534-3872 or visit www.renewdenver.org for additional information.
Denver Public Art tours return for the 2017 summer with new sites, additional architectural focuses, and more tours offered than ever before.
New tour sites include Union Station, Denver International Airport (DEN), and the Denver Public Library/Denver Art Museum campus.
“We are excited to have widened our scope in terms of the variety of public art tours we’re offering this season,” says Denver Public Art Program Administrator Brendan Picker. “Thanks to our dedicated docents, both new and returning, we have about 14 different tours this year, from the classic Cherry Creek Mural and the Downtown Denver Bicycle tours, to the newly added Union Station History and Public Art Tour.”
Denver Public Art and DEN have added airport art tours this summer on Fridays, June 2, July 7 and Aug. 4, noon. This tour will highlight some of the insider secrets and behind-the-scenes stories of the airport’s art collection, one of the largest in the country.
Saturdays, June 10 and 24, July 8 and 22, and Aug. 12 and 26, 10 a.m., bring the new Union Station History and Public Art Tour. This tour will not only explore the art in the newly renovated Union Station, but will highlight some of the history of the building and its surrounding area.
Sundays, June 11 and 25, July 9 and 23, and Aug. 13 and 27 at 10 a.m., Denver Public Art presents the Denver Art Museum and Denver Public Library Campus Public Art and Architecture Tour, covering the broad array of artworks near the Denver Public Library main branch and Denver Art Museum.
Denver Public Art also brings back two bicycle tours: Cherry Creek Trail Urban Arts Fund Bike Tour Sundays, July 16, Aug. 13 and Sept. 10, 3 p.m., and Downtown Denver Public Art Bike Tour Sundays, June 4 and Sept. 10, 10 a.m.
Additional walking tours include:
Most tours are limited to 15 participants. View the full descriptions and RSVP online.
Valverde's bi-monthly neighborhodd meeting will take place next Wednesday 5/24 at 6 pm at The Barnum Rec Center- 360 Hooker st. We hope to see you there! Share this PDF with all of your neighbors!
Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Erik Soliván, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing & Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE), today launched a new strategy aimed at helping Denver residents experiencing homelessness or struggling to make ends meet.
The city’s strategy will go beyond a housing-first approach, and focus efforts on connecting individuals and families to affordable housing, healthy living and good paying jobs. The new approach for Denver will integrate all three factors to empower people to lead vibrant lives no matter their station in life.
“We want our residents to have the opportunity to turn a house into a home, and truly thrive in our city,” Mayor Hancocksaid. “To give people the chance to build a home, build their lives and build their futures, we must go beyond putting a roof over someone’s head. This is a new approach to leveraging our resources and coordinating department work to connect our people with good jobs, good health and a good home. When these three needs are met, people are empowered to succeed.”
Mayor Hancock and Soliván detailed the strategy and supporting action plan at the city’s third annual Housing Summit.The Office of HOPE will lead the work of leveraging public and private partner programs and resources to provide:
Denver is experiencing a historic low for inventory and high cost of homeownership with median sale prices exceeding $350,000. And according to the Denver Housing Authority, a minimum of 21,000 affordable units are needed to meet the current housing demand. This need impacts everyone from those in our shelters to workers on construction sites, teachers, firefighters, police officers and the service industry.
The population of those who are homeless has also changed in recent years:
Under the three priority areas of affordable housing, healthy living and good paying jobs, the Office of HOPE, working across agencies, compiled a list of 30 short-term actions to improve and expand city and partner services throughout the end of the year. Short-term actions include:
Health and Supportive Services
For the full list of short-term action items go to: www.DenverGov.org/HOPE.
“The strategy and actions reflect the feedback of our partners, communities and city agencies,” Soliván said. “We are grateful for their hard work and ongoing support, and know that by working together, we can do more to build a safer, healthier and stronger Denver.”
This new strategy will also work with the Mayor’s mobility efforts to ensure the city is providing more and better transportation options for families and individuals where limited options may be impacting their ability to find affordable housing and good jobs.
Today, the City and County of Denver invests more in affordable housing and homelessness than ever before. The new strategy builds and expands on the considerable work by the city and partners in the areas of affordable housing, job training and health services over the last six years.
For a list of that work go to www.DenverGov.org/HOPE.
Denver City Council last night approved the 2017 Mortgage Credit Certificate Program. It is a continuation of the successful 2016 program which through mid-April has provided tax credits to 128 eligible program participants.Denver's 2017 Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) program allows qualifying borrowers to receive an annual federal income tax credit equal to 25% of the annual interest they pay on their mortgage loan ($2,000/year maximum).
“Helping Denver residents achieve homeownership provides them with a solid foundation in which to build future success right here in our city,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “A good home is a family’s greatest asset, and this program has been a great tool to help families make their dream a more affordable prospect.”
The MCC tax credit enables a taxpayer to claim a credit against his or her annual total federal income taxes. Borrowers may choose to adjust their W-4 withholding to account for the tax-credit benefit and receive a higher net monthly income. Any excess credit from the MCC may be carried forward for up to three subsequent tax years.
“Home ownership is the dream of many Denver residents. The MCC program is a tremendous asset for first time and new home buyers who could use that extra assistance to help make that dream their reality,” said Chief Financial Officer Brendan Hanlon.
The program is available to qualifying borrowers who meet standard loan guidelines and specific household income limits. Participants cannot have owned a home in the past three years, unless they are a veteran or buying a home in a targeted area.
Using an MCC has the potential to save qualified homeowners thousands of dollars over the life of their mortgage. For example, for the purchase price of $251,000 with 3.5% down payment and a 5% mortgage rate (for a 30-year loan), $47,393 could be claimed as a credit over the life of the loan.
Eligible low- and moderate-income home buyers can combine their tax credit with Denver’s Metro Mortgage Assistance Plus Program, also known as the Down Payment Assistance Program, which provides a 4% down payment grant in exchange for a slightly higher mortgage interest rate.
Over the life of both programs, Denver has aided over 1,400 Denver- and metro-area families seeking to buy a house through Denver’s Down Payment Assistance Program and Mortgage Certificate Programs. As a result, over $300 million in mortgages have been generated through these programs.
The ordinance passed by City Council last night will extend the program to December 31, 2019. To learn more about the MCC or Down Payment Assistance Program, visit www.denvergov.org/housing.
The Bill Daniels Neighborhood Hero Award is presented to members of our community who make heroic efforts to help others, sometimes in harmful or potentially dangerous situations. On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, the Daniels Fund and the Denver Police Department will honor a man who acted quickly to prevent a distraught woman from jumping from a downtown building.
Bill Daniels Neighborhood Hero Award recipient
Daniels Fund President and CEO Linda Childears
Denver Police Chief Robert C. White
Denver Police District Six Commander Ron Saunier
Good Samaritan to receive Bill Daniels Neighborhood Hero Award and Denver Police commendation
10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Denver Police Crime Laboratory lobby, 1371 Cherokee St. Denver
CANCELED!! The Grant Frontier Ribbon cutting is canceled due to the inclement weather predicted for Friday. Please let your friends know! We will post when a new date is established. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Did you know that Denver only diverts 20% of its solid waste from the landfill? We are HALF the national average! Cities like Austin, Charlotte and Salt Lake City are diverting twice as much as Denver! In 2016 Denver residents landfilled 192,000 tons of materials but at least 75% of those materials could have been recycled or composted (Denver Recycles estimate). Download the PDF to learn more about what you can do to help Denver become a Zero Waste City.
Denver’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative and Bank of America Announce Youth Summer Employment Program
The City and County of Denver’s Office of Children’s Affairs and Office of Economic Development, along with Mi Casa Resource Center, Impact Empowerment Group and Street Fraternity, are working in partnership with Bank of America to pilot the “My Brother's Keeper Summer of Success” program to provide 25 young men of color with summer employment opportunities.
“Through this program, we’re aiming to open doors for these young men of color and support their success,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “This partnership with Bank of America and other local nonprofit organizations will change their trajectory, positioning them to become leaders within their communities and in our great city.”
The “My Brother's Keeper Summer of Success” program will run for 8 weeks and is scheduled to take place from June 5 – July 25, 2017. The young men selected to participate must be between the ages of 16 – 18 and will engage in job-readiness training with a strong emphasis on financial literacy and customer service skills. Participants will be placed with an employer partner that aligns with their specific area of interest and career goals.
Bank of America awarded the city $50,000 to support this program and will be the primary source for financial education through the Better Money Habits curriculum. Nonprofit partners will also utilize the Office of Financial Empowerment's Bank On Denver program to assist participants in setting up savings and checking accounts.
“Despite our improving economy, young people—especially young men of color—face job scarcity,” Colorado State and Denver Market President for Bank of America Jodi Rolland said. “As a business leader, our investment in this program stems from the knowledge that a first job is so much more than a paycheck – it’s a pathway for a better financial future for that young person and the economic vitality of our city.”
Participants of the “My Brother's Keeper Summer of Success” program will also attend bi-weekly seminars facilitated by men of color from the Denver community who have also overcome obstacles to realize their path to success. Facilitators will coach, mentor and share their own stories to guide these young men and help them discover their unlimited potential.
“We are excited to participate in this program and combine our passion for positive youth development with our expertise in career development and job-readiness training,” CEO and Executive Director of Mi Casa Resource Center Monique Lovato said. “Mi Casa Resource Center has been serving young people and families for over 40 years and the goals of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to eliminate gaps for young men of color align with our strategic vision.”
For more information about Denver’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, please visit the Office of Children's Affairs website.
Attend a free one-day expo featuring healthy activities and breakout sessions to promote your physical, relational, financial, mental and personal well-being.
Wednesday, May 24, 3:00 - 8:00 pm
Check-in begins at 2:30 pm
Come for a few sessions or stay for the entire expo
Infinity Park Event Center
4400 E. Kentucky Avenue
Glendale, CO 80246
Free parking is located in the lot at Kentucky Street and Cherry Street (entrance on Kentucky). Overflow parking is available in the Home Depot/Whole Foods parking lot (northwest corner only) near Kentucky and Colorado Blvd.
Register by visiting the Energize your Life website.
Learn More about the Expo
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ASL and CART services will be provided.
Interpretation services available upon request.
Stipend for child care and transportation available.
You’ve officially been invited to help raise money for Pet Wellness Packages for Denver Animal Shelter! Every $55 raised spays or neuters, microchips, licenses, and vaccinates a cat or dog.
What can you do to make this fundraiser a success? Getting all of your friends to make a donation! Simply go to the page below and click the FUNDRAISE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN button and you'll have your own fundraising page as a part of our Team. (Before you invite your friends to donate, be sure to make a donation yourself!)
The Michelson Found Animals Saving Pets Challenge is even more exciting than a normal fundraiser because we have the opportunity to win extra money for the shelter. Throughout the campaign, Denver Animal Shelter will have the opportunity to receive bonus grants. One of the bonus grants is tied into the people we have fundraising on our team. So don’t delay – join our Team and invite your friends to donate!
A draft of the proposed Social Consumption Rules and Regulations has been posted on the Social Consumption Licensing website.
There will be a public hearing on these rules and regulations at 5:30pm on Tuesday, June 13th in Room 4.G.2 of the Webb Building (201 W. Colfax Ave.).
Attend the public hearing to provide any additional feedback regarding these rules and regulations. Additional feedback through written comments can also be sent at any time prior to June 13th.
Fill out the form on the website or it can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Denver Public Health & The Southwest Denver Coalition invite you to Communities That Care in SW Denver Community Leaders Board Orientation.
Interested in youth substance abuse prevention? Join Key leaders, youth and community organizations in Southwest Denver to develop a long-term plan to support our youth.
This event will be hosted over two sessions
Part 1: Saturday, May 13, 2017 & Part 2: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: SWIC 1000 South Lowell Blvd, Denver 80219
Come eat, learn, and share your hopes & concerns for youth in Southwest Denver.
Translation services will be available
Lunch & snacks will be provided. Youth & young adults (ages 12-25) will receive gift cards for participating.
Childcare provided, Can only provide care for a maximum of 12 children ages 2-11. Children under 2 can stay with parents. All ages are welcome!
Questions: email YSAP@dhha.org or call 303-602-5749
As part of the City’s South Broadway Reconstruction Project to improve the roadway surface and enhance mobility along the corridor, paving will occur in the intersection of West Kentucky Avenue at South Broadway starting Friday, May 12 at 9:00am. This work will require the intersection to close at Kentucky until Monday morning.
The right turn lane from Kentucky Avenue to South Broadway will remain open for eastbound traffic only. Traffic will be allowed through the intersection on South Broadway and will be reduced to one lane from Ohio to Tennessee Avenues while work is underway. Drivers trying to access RTD’s I-25 and Broadway Light Rail Station are urged to take Ohio Avenue as an alternate route to the station.
In addition, the southbound entrance to I-25 on northbound Broadway will have a new access pattern. Cars can enter the interstate at this location, however, buses, trucks and larger vehicles will be detoured to enter I-25 southbound at Alameda.
Drivers should expect delays during construction.
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