Article by Rachel Sapin, Aurora Sentinel
Aurora will use some of the $4.5 million it expects from marijuana sales tax over the next two years to fund a local nonprofit that helps area families who live in motels.
At a spring workshop April 30, Aurora City Council members agreed to give $220,000 to Colfax Community Network for operating expenses through the year’s end. The nonprofit educates low-income families living in motels and apartments along the Colfax corridor about helpful community services.
The decision was part of a longer discussion surrounding what to do with $4.5 million over the next two years to address homelessness in Colorado’s third-largest city.
At a special study session Feb. 29, council members gave initial approval to allocating $1.5 million for homeless services from the city’s 2017 and 2018 budgets. That’s in addition to the $1.5 million approved as part of this year’s budget. The money is coming from the city’s marijuana sales tax revenue.
“The Colfax Community Network is in extremely dire straits in that they do not have funds to continue operating,” said Nancy Sheffield, director of Aurora neighborhood services.