Polis may sign bill that would make Boulder’s Occupancy limits illegal and Denver approves close to $3 million in grants to support unhoused


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    04_02_24_am_headlines Alexis Kenyon


Denver approves $2.85 million in grants to support unhoused and new immigrants

Denver City Council has unanimously approved three measures aimed at helping people experiencing homelessness and people who have come to Denver as immigrants.

The three resolutions, approved yesterday, total $2.85 million.

The most significant portion is a $2 million resolution, approved as a grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. The Denver Gazette says the money will connect unhoused people with services, treatment, and housing.

The second of the three resolutions increases a contract with Michael’s of Denver, a provider of meals to immigrants in shelters, by $350,000.

The third item, for $500,000, expands a contract with Colorado Hospitality Services, which also provides meals to immigrant shelters in Denver.

Polis may sign bill that would make Boulder’s Occupancy limits illegal 

A bill that would prohibit Colorado cities from restricting the number of people who can live in the same dwelling is awaiting Governor Jared Polis’s signature. The occupancy limit measure would mean that cities like Boulder cannot limit how many unrelated people live together.

The law would, however, allow cities to impose occupancy limits if a living arrangement posed a threat to health and safety standards, according to Boulder Reporting Lab.  The new law would apply to unrelated people who are living together with exceptions for unmarried couples in a domestic partnership.

Last year, Boulder raised its occupancy limit to five for much of the city. That move was seen as a win for renters who are sharing housing costs to afford to live in Boulder.

The new law could result in the city removing all occupancy limits from its land use code. If the governor signs the bill into law, as expected, it would go into effect on July 1.

New blood donation center in Denver

The American Red Cross has opened a new blood donation center in Denver. The new center opened yesterday and is located at 444 Sherman Street, near Speer Boulevard and Grant. 9News says that the Red Cross of Colorado supplies nearly 33,600 units of blood and blood products to Denver-area hospitals every year.

Boulder Arts Week begins Friday

Boulder Arts Week is set to begin this Friday, offering a range of creative and cultural events. Boulder Arts Week is a collaboration between the Boulder County Arts Alliance, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, and several cultural organizations.

According to a city press release, this year’s lineup includes film screenings, open studios, and magic shows.

Boulder city manager Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde says that Boulder’s creative community “plays a critical role in supporting the workforce, promoting cultural tourism, and building empathy and understanding among neighbors.”

Boulder Arts Week, she said, is a way to “celebrate and support the … nonprofits … and professional artists that enrich all of our lives.”

Boulder Arts Week runs April 5 through April 13. A full calendar of events can be found at BoulderArtsWeek.org.

Eldora Extends Season

Eldora Mountain is extending its ski season by one week, thanks to more than seven feet of snow that fell there last month. The Eldora Mountain ski season now runs through April 21, making it the longest season there ever, according to the Daily Camera. Eldora officials caution that there will be limited ski lift operations and fewer food options during that final week.

Alexis Kenyon

Alexis Kenyon

Alexis Kenyon is an experienced radio reporter with more than 15 years of experience creating compelling, sound-rich radio stories for news outlets across the country. Kenyon has master's degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism in radio broadcast and photojournalism. She has worked in KGNU's news department since 2021 as a reporter, editor, and daily news producer. In all her work, she strives to produce thought-provoking, trustworthy journalism that makes other people's stories feel personal. In addition to audio production, Kenyon runs KGNU's news internship program and oversees the department's digital engagement.

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