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STRONG NEIGHBORHOODS

 

Each funding year, OED typically reviews proposals from organizations that responded to an Request for Proposals (RFP) or a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for housing and neighborhood projects. 

The awarded projects are funded through a variety of federal community development programs, including the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS programs.

Awardees are selected based on their ability to achieve measurable outcomes supporting Mayor Hancock’s priorities of jobs, children/education and safety net, as well as OED’s JumpStart strategy. Evaluation criteria also score each applicant’s project plan, organizational capacity, financial capacity and prior performance when applicable.

The organizations awarded funding for 2017 are listed here. Most, but not all, of these were extended for additional funding in 2018. Federal funding allotments are uncertain and are forcing Denver to shift the process, and timing, of its funding announcements.

Later in 2018, OED will release information about its priorities and process for funded projects for 2019.

 


We encourage minorities and women who want to further their careers in real estate and real estate development to apply for the Real Estate Diversity Initiative (REDI).

Started in 2009, REDI is a partnership between OED and the Colorado District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI Colorado). The goal of the program is to help increase awareness of opportunities in the real estate industry among women and minority groups.

Over the past six years REDI has introduced nearly 200 people to real estate development principles, concepts and implementation strategies. The program has propelled its graduates into careers in economic development, affordable housing, suburban transportation development, commercial real estate development and management.

For additional information about REDI contact the REDI coordinator, Cindy Christensen, at 303-887-1115 or christensen487@msn.com; or Sylvia Smith at the Denver Office of Economic Development at 720-913-1602 or sylvia.smith@denvergov.org.


The next application deadline will be announced in Spring 2018.

SUCCESS STORY: EXCELLENCE, EXPANDED

visitors at clinic

Since its doors opened in 1994, Globeville’s Clínica Tepeyac has earned the respect of many for its culturally competent health care and preventive health services for the uninsured from throughout the metro area.

Following its initial decade in a building that the nonprofit had outgrown, Clínica received Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds through OED in 2005 to purchase its current building at 5075 Lincoln St. Fast forward to 2014, when Clínica once again outgrew its space and OED, this time with $300,000 in CDBG funds, partnered on the renovation and expansion.

With the completion of this phase, the clinic will add five additional rooms, expanding patient care. This includes two new exam rooms, a dedicated space for mental health counseling onsite, a group visit room, and an office for financial screening (a new effort to provide more sustainable financial capacity). The renovation also adds space for the check-in area, storage, scheduling appointments, and a work area for the growing number of volunteer providers needed to serve the increasing number of patients.

“By expanding the footprint of the building and improving the previous space, Clínica staff will be able to better manage patient flow, improving our engagement with patients and overall efficiency,” reports Executive Director Jim Garcia.

Clínica estimates that the number of people served will increase from 5,575 unduplicated patients via 14,800 appointments in 2014 (and during construction) to an impressive 7,000 unduplicated patients via 19,000 visits in 2015.