Denver Selects Community Partners for Housing, Neighborhood and Business Development Projects

Denver Selects Community Partners for Housing, Neighborhood and Business Development Projects

The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) has issued award letters to 35 organizations slated to collectively receive $4.8 million in federal grant funding in 2014. Projects were selected from among a total of 94 applications totaling $16.8 million.

Funds will be made available through the city’s allocation of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding to support housing, neighborhood and business development projects. OED issued a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) in July 2013 for proposals to be funded by HUD’s Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS programs.

“We’re proud to strategically invest our federal development dollars in order to develop partnerships that will enhance our neighborhood vitality, create jobs, boost economic prosperity and have maximum impact on the prosperity of the city,” said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock.

Organizations selected for contracted programs and services include the following:

Economic Development & Services

  • Bluebird Business Improvement District
  • Five Points Historic District, Inc.
  • Mi Casa Resource Center
  • NEWSED Community Development Corporation
  • The East Denver Colfax Partnership
  • West Community Economic Development Corporation


Housing Development & Services

  • Brothers Redevelopment, Inc.
  • Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
  • Colorado Health Network
  • Colorado Housing Assistance Corporation
  • Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corp.
  • Denver Urban Renewal Authority
  • NEWSED Community Development Corporation
  • Northeast Denver Housing Center with Collaborative for Homeownership
  • Northeast Denver Housing Center, Inc.
  • Renaissance Housing Development Corporation
  • The Empowerment Program
  • Visiting Nurse Corporation of Colorado, Inc.


Neighborhood Development

  • Colorado Nonprofit Development Center
  • Denver Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Denver Urban Gardens
  • Environmental Learning for Kids
  • Focus Points Family Resource Center
  • Friends of Arts Street
  • Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver
  • Groundwork Denver
  • Hope Center
  • Hope Communities, Inc.
  • Hunger Free Colorado
  • La Clinica Tepeyac, Inc.
  • La Raza Services, Inc.
  • Mi Casa Resource Center
  • Mile High Youth Corps
  • Northwest Coalition for Better Schools
  • The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Colorado
  • The Sherwood Project
  • Urban Peak Denver

Applications were evaluated and scored by OED staff, other city agency staff and community members. Community members were chosen based on their knowledge and experience in the program areas of housing development, economic/business development and neighborhood development. Awardees were 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 scored each applicant’s project plan, organizational capacity, financial capacity and prior performance when applicable.

Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 (Archive on Monday, January 01, 0001)
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