In January 2016, OED issued award letters to 33 organizations slated to collectively receive $4.9 million in federal grant funding in 2016.
OED reviewed proposals earlier last year from organizations that responded to a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for economic development and housing projects.
The awarded projects are being 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.
NOFA 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 and economic/business 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.
The organizations awarded funding are listed here.
In 4Q 2016, OED will release information about its funded projects for 2017.
OED is excited to be a lead participant in the citywide fresh food strategy. This multi-agency initiative will incorporate the growing, processing, distribution and retailing of foods with particular emphasis on eliminating food deserts and implementing economic development strategies that promote food system development and employment opportunities.
Three identified food deserts of particular priority in 2015 are Globeville/Elyria-Swansea, Westwood, and the Welton Corridor. In Globeville/Elyria-Swansea, OED is planning to issue an RFP for a fresh food grocery store. In Westwood, we are working with Re:Vision to develop a food cooperative that incorporates an urban agriculture facility that offers farm to table, food sales, community wealth-building and educational opportunities. On Welton, there is a challenge around parking that, when resolved, will encourage a fresh food store for that rapidly evolving neighborhood.
In 2015, OED will continue to work with small, local food retailers to expand fresh food offerings. Learn more about Denver FRESH here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; or Sylvia Smith at the Denver Office of Economic Development at 720-913-1602 or email@example.com.
The next application deadline will be announced in Spring 2016.
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.
For information about our neighborhood investments and projects, contact Seneca Holmes, (720) 913-1533.