“Mayor Michael Hancock (D-Denver) focused on continuing the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, public safety, and housing and homelessness recovery during the 2021 State of the City address on Monday morning.
Hancock said the city is allocating an additional $500,000 to bring COVID vaccines to neighborhoods and communities with low rates.
“Without question, the past 16 months have been a time of loss, hardship and change. The stress of folks losing their jobs; of losing loved ones or friends; of losing a sense of belonging and connectedness after months and months of staying at home – has taxed all of us,” Hancock said. “Unfortunately, that stress may be with us for a while longer. As much as we might like to think COVID is over, it’s not.”
Hancock said that Denver and other cities nationwide need stronger federal support to combat homelessness, and is proposing using $28 million in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan into the city’s Affording Housing Fund, as well as the creation of a specialized team that prioritizes the approval affordable housing projects. “
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Beese, Wilson. Channel 9 News 26 July 2021.