Denver’s Road Home is issuing a call for more than 1,000 volunteers for the annual Project Homeless Connect event on November 15 at the Colorado Convention Center. This free, one-day event is open to people of all ages who are experiencing homelessness or who are experiencing housing instability. During Project Homeless Connect, volunteers are paired with individuals and families to help ensure each participant is able to access all of the resources available, such as:
Those interested in signing up to volunteer for the event can do so online at bit.ly/DenverPHC2018. The event is open to guests from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but volunteer shifts are available from as early as 7:30 a.m. to as late as 6 p.m.
“From jobs to housing to medical care, Project Homeless Connect gives participants the chance to access services all in one place. For volunteers, it’s a chance to connect to someone on a meaningful level and give back to the community,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock.
Since 2006, Project Homeless Connect has provided much-needed services to more than 15,000 people experiencing homelessness. This year’s event will include more than 100 service providers within the Denver Metro Area. Space is still available for providers interested in participating in this year’s event. Those interested should firstname.lastname@example.org with their information and availability.
“By pairing volunteers with participants, we can foster social connections for the community,” said Chris Conner, director of Denver’s Road Home. “Guests and volunteers get to learn from each other and connect to resources together.”
Project Homeless Connect is coordinated by Denver’s Road Home, Mile High United Way and the City and County of Denver with support from Regis University.
Most City and County of Denver offices will be closed Monday, September 3 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.
Due to the holiday, the Mayor’s Office, City Council offices, Clerk and Recorder’s Office, Auditor’s Office and most city agencies will be closed. Partner entities such as Denver Health will remain open Monday, September 3, as will agencies that operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, such as Denver International Airport. Sworn members of the Denver Sheriff, Police and Fire departments and other emergency responders will report for duty Monday, September 3 as well.
Please see below for specific information on how city functions will be affected during these closures:
Beginning Tuesday, September 4 there will be a closure for the RTD bus stop along the west side of Federal at Holden place, RTD stop #13701. The closure is anticipated to be in place until early October. Riders are encouraged to use stop #13702 at Federal Boulevard & 14th Avenue.
The public's patience and cooperation are greatly appreciated. All work is weather dependent and subject to change.
If you have any questions or would like additional project information, please contact the project hotline at 303.482.1071, or email, FederalBlvdReconstruction@gmail.com. Messages left on the hotline or e-mails received will be responded to promptly.
September 3 - 7:
The Denver District Attorney’s Office is launching the revival of its Citizens Academy program to provide ongoing practical information to the citizens of Denver regarding the criminal justice system. The Citizens Academy is for individuals who live in or work in the City and County of Denver.
The purpose of the Citizens Academy is to:
To kick off its Citizens Academy program, the District Attorney’s Office will host a free, one-day, introductory “Denver DA 101” program featuring interactive presentations and discussions by the District Attorney and other members of the office.
WHEN: Saturday, October 13, 2013, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Blair Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton Street, Denver
9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Welcome & Introductory Remarks
10:00 a.m. How Does the DA’s Office Get a Case? Intake Process & Filing Decision Standards
11:00 a.m. County, District Court, & Specialized Prosecution Units
12 Noon Break/Lunch*
12:30 p.m. Victim Services & the Role of the Victim Advocate
1:30 p.m. Diversion & Community Programs
2:30 p.m. Introduction to the Trial Process
3:30 p.m. A Closer Look at Trials
4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks/Program Evaluation
4:30 p.m. Adjourn
*Please bring your own lunch
If you are a resident or work in the City and County of Denver and would like to attend this all-day program, please contact Michael Song at email@example.com for an application, or go to https://www.denverda.org/citizens-academy/
Additional road restrictions in the Sanderson Gulch area will begin on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 due to the upcoming Grandoozy Music Festival.
Overland Park (North of Evans):
The eastbound curbside lane on Florida Avenue between S. Platte River Drive and Santa Fe Drive will be closed from 8:30am until 3:30pm from Wednesday, September 5 to Friday, September 7. The eastbound curbside lane will also be closed the weekend of September 8 and 9. On Monday, September 10 at 8:30am through Tuesday, September 18 at 3:30pm, Florida Avenue will be closed to all non-event traffic. On Wednesday, September 19 Florida Avenue will reopen, but the eastbound curbside lane of Florida Avenue will remain closed.
AquaGolf customers will still be able to access the AquaGolf facility from Santa Fe Drive except on September 14 through 16, when AquaGolf will be closed.
The southbound curbside lane on Santa Fe Drive between S.Platte River Drive and Jewell Avenue will be closed beginning Friday, September 14 at 11:00am through Monday, September 17 at 6:00am for the UBER/LYFT pick-up and drop-off lane.
Jewell Avenue, on the south side of Overland Golf Course, will have restricted access into the Overland neighborhood all day from September 14 through 16.
Galapagos Street and Huron Street (between Evans and Jewell Avenues) will have restricted access into the Overland neighborhood on September 14 through 16, from 8am to midnight or until the nightly exit from the festival has cleared.
Ruby Hill Park
Ruby Hill Park is reserved for festival staff parking from September 14 through 16. The park will be open to the public for walk-in access, but there will be no public parking inside the park.
Other Residential Areas:
Barricades and signs may be placed at the entrances to some surrounding neighborhoods in an effort to deter event parking. Local residents and guests, neighborhood businesses and their customers will be able to access their properties. However, if you find a vehicle blocking your driveway, you should call the Community Hotline for its removal.
Grandoozy has set up a Community Hotline that will be available prior to the event for any inquiries about the festival. During the festival weekend, the Community Hotline will be staffed for immediate assistance. Prior to the festival, you can email us at the community relations address below.
Grandoozy Community Hotline: (720) 669-8410
For more information about the festival visit: www.grandoozy.com OR
For questions, please email: CommunityRelations@grandoozy.com
Week of August 27 - 31:
No District 7 Specific Items
Council Meeting Agenda
18-0849 A bill for an ordinance relinquishing portions of easements reserved in Ordinance No. 23, Series of 1985 and Ordinance No. 273, Series of 1988; and, also, to relinquish the easements reserved in Ordinance No. 218, Series of 1926; Ordinance No. 62, Series of 1945, located near South Broadway, between West Kentucky Avenue and East Mississippi Avenue; and, Ordinance No. 522, Series of 1982, located near the intersection of West Ohio Avenue and South Cherokee Street. Relinquishes a portion of two easements as established in Vacating Ordinance No. 23, Series of 1985, and Vacating Ordinance 273, Series of 1988; and, relinquishes three easements in their entirety as established in Vacating Ordinance No. 218, Series of 1926, Vacating Ordinance No. 62, Series of 1945, and Vacating Ordinance No. 522, Series of 1982, respectively, located at South Broadway between East Mississippi Avenue and East Kentucky Avenue, except for Vacating Ordinance No. 522, Series of 1982, which is located at West Ohio Avenue and South Cherokee Street in Council District 7. The last regularly scheduled Council meeting within the 30-day review period is on 9-10-18. The Committee approved filing this item at its meeting on 8-7-18.
No District 7 Specific Items
Progress to date:
Work crews continue to excavate Sanderson Gulch between Sanderson Gulch Park and S. Platte River Drive in order to prepare the site for large underground concrete culverts and to make room for an improved drainage way on the surface. Heavy equipment remains on site for excavation, drilling, and soil removal. The intersection of S. Lipan Street and W. Arkansas Avenue remains closed. S. Platte River Drive has one lane open southbound only.
This is an active construction site. Roads, trails, and sidewalks within the construction zone are not accessible to pedestrians and cyclists.
The Sanderson Gulch construction project between S. Lipan Street and S. Platte River Drive will reduce flood risk to nearby properties, improve water quality flowing into the South Platte River and create a more pleasant public area for the community to enjoy.
The project involves installing larger storm drainage pipes to provide greater protection during bigger storm events, and improving the naturalized channel to manage and clean water during smaller storm events. The project is expected to be completed in Spring, 2019.
Denver Arts & Venues, in conjunction with City Councilmembers Paul D. López and Jolon Clark, and artist Anthony Garcia, Sr. of Birdseed Collective, is proud to announce the latest addition to the Denver Public Art collection: “Crossroads / Encrucijada.”
What: Denver Arts & Venues Public Art dedication of “Crossroads / Encrucijada”
When: Thursday, Aug. 23, 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Comfort Suites Near Denver Downtown (620 Federal Blvd.)
“Crossroads / Encrucijada” marks the intersection of 6th Avenue and Federal Boulevard with four brightly colored monuments, one at each corner. With patterns reminiscent of serapes, each piece also bears bronze sconces with cutout chevron designs lit with solar powered LED lights.
The title of the artwork was deliberate, as was the serape theme. “This installation acts as a “crossroad” or “gateway” into this culturally diverse community area of Barnum, Villa Park, Valverde and Sun Valley,” explains artist Anthony Garcia, Sr. “The free-floating look of the “serape” and meaning incorporates intricate designs which represent how communities are strong and free to express emotions and ideas while still feeling protected. The outer bronze designs represent strength within the community and how a strong forefront protects its people.”
The artwork spans both City Council Districts 3 and 7, which are divided by Federal Boulevard.
“The vintage style and vibrant colors of Anthony Garcia's "Crossroads / Encrucijada" is a true reflection of Denver's Federal Boulevard and its surrounding neighborhoods,” says Councilperson Paul D. López. “As an artist from Denver, Anthony Garcia, Sr. captured what makes West Denver unique.”
In addition to comments from the artist, Denver Arts & Venues staff, and Councilmen López and Clark, there will be a reading of a poem by Ara Cruz of Café Cultura. The poem addresses many of the themes that inspired Garcia as well as speaking to the history and culture of the Sun Valley, Villa Park, Barnum, Valverde and surrounding neighborhoods, which are known to many as the Westside. A bronze plaque showcasing the poem will later be added to the artwork.
This event is free and open to the public.
A water main and service line replacement project is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 4 on Evans Avenue from Santa Fe Drive to Platte River Drive. It will then continue on Galapago Street from Evans Avenue to Warren Avenue. Letters have been distributed to all residents and businesses in the project area and reminders will be distributed a few days before the project begins. Denver Water anticipates the project will take about two months to complete.
Crews will do their best to complete the project as scheduled; however, projects are occasionally delayed by unmarked underground utilities, weather and emergency water main breaks. Water service emergencies, such as main breaks in other parts of Denver Water’s system may take precedence over this project. The crew may leave at a moment’s notice to work on those emergencies and may not return the following day.
As pipe replacement projects occur in your district, Denver Water will send your office notice that a letter or door hanger was distributed to customers in the project area.
All permits and traffic plans have been approved by the city.
Denver Water crews install or replace an average of 60,000 feet of pipe a year. Additional information on pipe replacement projects can be found at www.denverwater.org/pipes
Denver Water is repairing a water main and replacing a service line on Bayaud Avenue from Elati Street to Santa Fe Drive. The project is anticipated to last a month.
Crews will do their best to complete the project as scheduled; however, projects are occasionally delayed by unmarked underground utilities, weather and emergency water main breaks. Water service emergencies, such as main breaks in other parts of Denver Water's system may take precedence over this project. The crew may leave at a moment’s notice to work on those emergencies and may not return the following day.
Additional information on pipe replacement projects can be found at www.denverwater.org/pipes
As you know, Denver is seeing increasing demand for non-traditional housing. With the evolving needs of residents in mind, along with recent changes to other housing regulations, city planners have been working with an advisory committee to evaluate the Denver Zoning Code’s rules for group living uses, including households, community corrections facilities, shelters for the homeless, residential care homes, new uses like tiny home villages, and more.
As part of this effort, the public is invited to the project's first open house. Attendees will learn about the project and share their thoughts and ideas.
Group Living: Community Open House
5:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, August 14
McNichols Building, Civic Center Park
144 W. Colfax Ave.
We hope you join us for the meeting and remain engaged throughout the project! Visit www.DenverGov.org/groupliving to learn more.
What you need to know to cross the road safely!
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As a trained Mental Health First Aider, you know that mental illness and substance use disorders are prevalent. And that's true for young people, too: one in five youth aged 13-18 will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. That means that in a classroom of 25 students, five will have a mental illness.
To address mental health and substance use in school settings, our #BeTheDifference focus this month is Back-to-School: Why Mental Health Matters at School.
Here are 5 ways you can #BeTheDifference this back-to-school season:
From Saturday, September 8, 2018 to Friday, September 14, 2018, the Athmar Park Active Living Coalition will be holding a pop-up demonstration event. Event set-up will begin at 6:00 AM on 9/8, and event breakdown will begin at 6:00 AM on 9/14. Flaggers will be present to control traffic during setup and breakdown times. This event is intended to give the community an idea of what different traffic-calming measures might look like in Athmar Park. These traffic-calming measures help to make people feel safer walking, biking, and wheelchair-rolling as a form of transportation, leading to residents and community members leading more active and healthy lives. Please note that all installments during this event are temporary.
The location of the event will be on South Tejon Street from West Alameda Ave to West Mississippi Ave. There will be a sidewalk buffer added to the east side of South Tejon from West Alameda to West Virginia Ave. A sidewalk buffer is an extension of the sidewalk out into the street by using cones and planters to protect pedestrians from cars on the road. On S Tejon at the West Exposition Ave intersection, there will be a curb extension using cones and tires. At the West Kentucky Ave and South Tejon St intersection, we will be adding a mini roundabout using cones and tires. A mini roundabout is made using materials, such as cones and tires, to form a circle in the middle of an intersection, helping traffic flow more smoothly through the intersection. Between West Tennessee Ave and West Mississippi Ave on South Tejon, we will be installing 3 chicanes. Chicanes are narrowed portions of the road – we will be using the “bump-out” form, using tires and cones. Opposite the chicanes, there will be no parking allowed, marked by signs. Lastly, we will be installing a protected bike lane on the north side of West Kentucky between South Tejon and South Raritan Street, using cones and planters to separate the bike lane from the rest of the road.
Signs describing these installments will be posted throughout the event site. Athmar Park will be holding regular community meetings to help residents understand this project and to get feedback.
There will be various opportunities for residents of Athmar Park to volunteer with us. Volunteer opportunities will be announced at our neighborhood meetings, on our Facebook (www.facebook.com/APActiveLivingCoalition/) and Instagram (@ActiveLivingCoalition) pages, at the Athmar Park regular community meetings, and in the Athmar Park newsletter. They will also be accepting materials donations for this project.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Rosie DeVito, Active Living Coalition Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us to learn about the Senior Property Tax Exemption and its future in Colorado!
Are you aware of a benefit to Coloradans 65 and older - allowing an exemption on property taxes on the first 50% of $200,000 of your residential property value? Do you already access this benefit in an effort to combat rising property taxes?
Come learn more about potential changes to that benefit!
The Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging (SAPGA), along with Colorado Senior Lobby (CSL) and Colorado Gerontological Society (CGS) are collaborating to host a meeting focused on the Colorado Homestead Exemption - a state property tax reduction benefit that people over 65 can receive in Colorado as long as they have lived in their home for ten years or more. The purpose of the Homestead Exemption for older adults was intended to help them with costly property taxes and help keep them in their home.
When: Tuesday, August 14
Registration & Social 8:00 - 8:45am
Program 8:45 - 1:00pm
Where: PPA Events Center
2105 Decatur Street
Denver, Colorado 80211
Program will run from 8:45 - 12:30pm and will be followed by the Colorado Senior Lobby Annual Meeting with election of directors. Follow this link for more information on Denver, Grand Junction, Fort Collins, and Facebook livestreaming.
PSYAH funds help support creative, short-term physical improvement projects that aim to transform our underutilized urban spaces to increase collaboration, honor heritage, build civic engagement, beautify neighborhoods, enrich communities and inspire long-term change.
In 2018, PSYAH will fund $70,000 in grants, applicants can request up to $10,000 in funding per project. Grants must be matched 1:1 by applicants through cash or in-kind contributions (goods or services) or volunteer time.
Call for proposals: August 13 – September 21, 2018
Submission deadline: 5 p.m. on September 21, 2018
Award Notification: October 2018
Please read full GUIDELINES and use our TOOLKIT prior to filling out the online APPLICATION.
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