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Denver awards $4.9 million for business, housing and neighborhood development projects

The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) has issued award letters to 33 organizations slated to collectively receive $4.9 million in federal grant funding in 2015.

OED reviewed proposals earlier this year from organizations that responded to a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for economic development and housing projects. Additionally, 14 previously awarded neighborhood development public service projects were selected to receive additional funds in 2015.

The organizations awarded funding include the following:

Economic Development & Services

Organization

Award

Program

BuCu West

$70,000

Business Development Office on Morrison Rd.

Fax-Mayfair Business Improvement District

$153,000

Business Improvement District Office on E. Colfax

Five Points Historic District

$141,000

Business Development Office in Five Points

Mi Casa Resource Center

$40,000

Business services to support small business development

NEWSED Community Development Corp.

$100,000

Business Development Office on Santa Fe Dr.


Housing Development & Services

Organization

Award

Program

Brothers Redevelopment, Inc.

$35,000

Home ownership/foreclosure counseling

Brothers Redevelopment, Inc.

$40,000

Tenant/landlord dispute counseling and rental referral services

Colorado Affordable Legal Services

$40,000

Tenant/landlord dispute counseling and rental referral services

Collaborative for Home Ownership (Northeast Denver Housing Center, Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corp., NEWSED Community Development Corp.)

$169,000

Home ownership/foreclosure counseling

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

$450,000

Rental vouchers and counseling services to homeless persons and those at risk of becoming homeless

Colorado Gerontological Society

$40,000

Tenant/landlord dispute counseling and rental referral services

Colorado Health Network

$1,171,000

Rental/housing assistance to low-income persons with HIV/AIDS

Colorado Housing Assistance Corp.

$200,000

Down payment assistance loans to low- and moderate-income households

Colorado Housing Assistance Corp.

$35,000

Home ownership/foreclosure counseling

Colorado Visiting Nurse Assn.

$150,830

Counseling/supportive services to low-income persons with HIV/AIDS

Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corp.

$27,235

Community Housing Development Organization operational support

Denver Housing Authority

$30,000

Home ownership/foreclosure counseling

Denver Urban Renewal Authority

$500,000

Single Family Rehabilitation Program

Denver Urban Renewal Authority

$250,000

Emergency Home Repair Program

Denver Urban Renewal Authority

$180,000

Rental/Homeownership Access Modification Program

Empowerment Program

$71,000

Counseling/supportive services to low-income persons with HIV/AIDS

Family Tree, Inc.

$120,000

Rental vouchers and counseling services to homeless persons and those at risk of becoming homeless

NEWSED Community Development Corp.

$31,800

Community Housing Development Organization operational support

Northeast Denver Housing Center

$29,800

Community Housing Development Organization operational support

Renaissance Housing Development Corp.

$28,900

Community Housing Development Organization operational support

Southwest Improvement Council

$30,000

Home ownership/foreclosure counseling


Neighborhood Development

Organization

Award

Program

Denver Urban Gardens

$40,000

Distribute seeds and transplants to enable low-income households to grow fresh food

El Sistema

$75,000

Provide instrumental/music instruction through in-school, after-school and summer programs to 600+ at-risk youth

Environmental Learning for Kids

$50,000

Science and outdoor recreation through after-school, day-long school and summer youth employment programs

Focus Points Family Resource Center

$64,000

Family support programs to assist low-income households to become self-sufficient and support their children becoming ready for school

Friends of Arts Street

$31,000

Skills training for low-income youth in digital processes that are a foundation for high-tech media

Girls Inc.

$60,000

Comprehensive, academically-enriched after-school and summer programs for youth

Groundwork Denver

$50,000

Employment/training for low-income youth through neighborhood improvement projects to benefit low-income communities

Hope Communities

$50,000

Case management and services for refugee families

Hunger Free Colorado

$70,000

Operation of a Mobile Outreach Unit to enroll eligible residents in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Mi Casa Resource Center

$30,000

Career development and leadership/mentoring development programming for low- to moderate-income high school youth at North High School

Mile High Youth Corps

$55,000

On-the-job training and career readiness program for at-risk youth

Servicios de La Raza

$25,000

Emergency services food and clothing bank

The Center- GLBT

$35,000

Career exploration, leadership and independent living programs

Urban Peak

$89,000

Training/employment assistance for homeless and at-risk youth


The awarded projects will be 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.