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Colorado athletes at the 2018 winter Olympic Games in South Korea won a total of 10 medals in individual and team events - more than seventyseven countries that participated in the games. The medals accounted for onethird of the USA total of gold medals; and one-half each of our total of silver and bronze medals won. Congratulations to our medal winners and to all of the Colorado athletes who competed

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March for Our Lives Colorado - March 24th March for our Lives Colorado begins on Saturday March 24th at 2pm at Denver's Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver, Colorado 80202 Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students. We cannot allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes. Our schools are unsafe. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives.

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FYI/Happenings Equinox Theatre Play 'Reefer Madness' at Bug Theater April 6-28

Equinox Theatre Company is thrilled to present the highly anticipated return of Reefer Madness: The Musical. Performances will be April 6 through April 28 with shows Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM. There will also be a pay-what-youcan industry night on Thursday, April 26. Tickets are $20 in advance/$25 at the door/$17 for groups of 6 or more in advance only. All performances will be at The Bug Theatre at 3654 Navajo Street in Denver. Tickets and more information available online at www. EquinoxTheatreDenver.com In 2010, Equinox presented Reefer Madness: The Musical for the first time to Denver audiences, and it was a huge hit (pun intended.) The show was recognized by the Denver Post with an Ovation Award nomination for Best Musical. Equinox returned in 2011 with another look at Reefer Madness again, selling to packed houses and soldout crowds. Now, for its exciting 10th season, Equinox is returning to the first musical it produced as a company, and is thrilled to bring back Reefer Madness: The Musical. About the show: Inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz

music, sex and violence. You won't be able to resist the spoofy fun of Reefer Madness. The addictive and clever musical numbers range from big Broadwaystyle showstoppers to swing tunes like 'Down at the Ol' Five and Dime' and the Vegas-style 'Listen to Jesus, Jimmy,' featuring J.C. Himself leading a chorus of showgirl angels. This dynamic show will go straight to your head! Reefer Madness features the talents of: Todd Black as the Lecturer, Andrew Alber as Jimmy, Emily Ebertz as Mary, James Crapes as Jack, Anna Sturtz as Sally, Aimee Corley as Mae, Kade Fritzler as Ralph, Patrick Brownson as Jesus and Shena Hinger, Misha McCulloch, Rachel McCulloch, Meaghan Aylward, Ally Barwick, Willa Bograd, Jordan Duran, Joshua Leisure and George Sepmier rounding out the packed ensemble. 3.5 (out of 4) Stars! “Equinox Theatre’s production of the show is sharp, and under Colin Roybal’s direction and choreography, the cast mostly strikes the perfect tone.” – (of the 2010 production) Kurt Brighton, the Denver Post “The extremely bright director, Colin Roybal obviously ‘gets it,’ and makes the most of Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney’s brilliant book, lyrics and music. The show is uproariously funny, the musical numbers are show-stoppers…” (of the 2011 production) – Patrick Dorn, the Playwright Priest Equinox Theatre Company Presents: Reefer Madness: The Musical Directed and Choreographed by Colin Roybal April 6 - 28 At 7:30 PM $20 in advance/$25 at the door $17 for groups of 6 or more in advance only www.EquinoxTheatreDenver.com

Curious Theater 'Underground Railroad' Race, Power and Sex. Underground Railroad Game tackles American issues in explosive comedy. We are so glad you joined us for Detroit '67. If you loved that play's look at relevant racial issues through the lens of history, we've got another play just for you. Underground Railroad Game is a potent, provocative play that you'll see no where else in Colorado. This no holds barred, Obie-award winning thrill-ride is on tour with the original creators and cast. And we're bringing it straight from NYC to your artistic home at Curious! Don't miss it. Limited Run: June 14 - July 1, 2018 Tickets on Sale now at Curious Theatre Company, 1080 Acoma Street, Denver, Co 80207, www.curioustheatre.org

DRCOG Public Hearing Updates/Amendments The Denver Regional Council of Governments' (DRCOG) Board of Directors will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at its 1290 Broadway office in Denver. The public hearing is an opportunity to comment on proposed amendments and updates to the Metro Vision Plan, and to the 2040 Metro Vision Regional Transportation Plan and associated air quality conformity

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Biggest Online Purchase Scam Risks! Online purchase scams are now the riskiest form of consumer fraud in North America, according to a new report from Better Business Bureau. In 2017, consumers reported more than 47,000 scams to BBB’s Scam Tracker (BBB.org/ ScamTracker). BBB analyzed this information using its unique BBB Scam Risk Index to determine the riskiest scams based on consumers’ exposure, susceptibility, and monetary loss. The findings, released during National Consumer Protection Week (U.S.) and Fraud Prevention Month (Canada), reveal some significant changes since 2016: Tax collection scams decreased in volume by 60%, most likely due to the 2016 arrest of the ringleader of a network of scam call centers. Based in India, these centers were primarily responsible for IRS-related scams. Online purchase scams jumped from the 4th riskiest scam to the top spot, likely due to an increase in consumer awareness. Home improvement scams dropped from the 1st to 6th riskiest, despite a number of natural disasters that traditionally bring out “stormchasers.” Contrary to many people’s belief, young people continue to be at a higher risk for scams than their older counterparts, and susceptibility to scams decreases with age. Conversely, “dollars lost” for individuals who lose money to scams increases with age. There was good news found in the 2017 BBB Scam Tracker Annual Risk Report: New Trends in Scam Risk from

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the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust (BBB Institute): “Although we saw an increase in total scam reports, the good news is that susceptibility was down,” said Melissa Trumpower, director of programs and operations with the BBB Institute and co-author of 2017 BBB Scam Tracker Annual Risk Report: New Trends in Scam Risk. “The percentage of those reporting who actually lost money to a scam fell from 18.8 percent in 2016 to 15.8 percent in 2017. We also saw a 17% decrease in the median monetary loss, down to $228.” The most common online purchase scams in 2017—deemed the riskiest scam category—were related to pets, clothing, cosmetics, electronics, and automobiles. The offer of free trials was a common tactic for online purchase scams as well: 67% of scams involving cosmetics and 60% involving nutrition products mentioned a free trial opportunity. This trend is especially relevant to Denver consumers. Last month, BBB serving Denver/Boulder released the findings of a months-long analysis of the local health and diet industry, prompted by a pattern of consumer complaints. The study addressed misleading advertising practices such as negative-option “free trial” periods among online skin cream, vitamin and supplement, and diet product companies. Travel and vacation scams jumped from the 12th to the 8th spot, with the top destinations mentioned in the scams being Orlando/Florida, Disney, Mexico/Cancun, and the Bahamas. Unfortunately, this finding is also a familiar one for Denver consumers, who have been reporting timeshare resale scams to BBB at an ever-increasing volume this year. Through these scams, criminals solicit timeshare owners and offer to facilitate fake sales of their properties for up-front fees. The scams overwhelmingly affect consumers who own property at resort destinations in Mexico, and often operate by stealing the license information of retired Colorado real estate brokers. However, in 2017, BBB serving Denver/Boulder also experienced some area-specific trends that differed

from the overall Scam Tracker numbers for North America. For example, roughly 44% of the scams reported locally were categorized as “phishing”—a catch-all category used to describe scams in which criminals solicit personal information from victims through electronic communication. In Denver, the most costly type of scams for consumers were romance scams, which cost the median victim who reported losing money a whopping $26,000. (Recently, BBB released a study addressing the scope and impact of these scams.) This year, romance scams dropped off the North American top 10 list. The 3rd-most reported scam category in Denver, debt collections, did not make the North American top 10 list either. Overall, though, many of the scams deemed riskiest to North Americans were extremely prevalent in Denver and Boulder this past year. Online purchase, employment, and tech support scams—three of the top scam categories overall— were the 2nd and 4th (a tie between employment and tech support) most reported scam types in Denver.

In North America, the top ten riskiest scams in 2017 were: #1 Online purchase scam (up from #4 in 2016) #2 Investment scam (up from #6 in 2016) #3 Employment scam (no change) #4 Advance fee loan scam (up from #5 in 2016) #5 Fake check scam (down from #2 in 2016) #6 Home improvement scam (down from #1 in 2016) #7 Tech support scam (up from #8 in 2016) #8 Travel/vacation scam (new to top 10, #12 in 2016) #9 Family/friend emergency scam (no change) #10 Government grant scam (new to top 10, #11 in 2016) www.BBB.org/ScamTracker

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FYI/Happenings Rocky Mountain Public Media/RMPBS Raises $14 Million for New HQ Rocky Mountain Public Media, Colorado’s largest statewide, membersupported, multimedia organization and parent of Rocky Mountain PBS and KUVO Jazz, announced today it has raised $14 million in 12 months to put it on track to break ground in August for its new headquarters, the Buell Public Media Center in Denver’s Arapahoe Square. This new 63,000-square-foot facility, located three blocks east of Coors Field, will be the anchor to the developing Arapahoe Square neighborhood. The center will be located along the 5280 Loop, a visionary project of the City and County of Denver and the Downtown Denver Partnership. “Through the generosity of our donors, we have raised $22.46 million toward our $30 million goal for our capital campaign, which is central to our efforts to make public media more accessible, transparent and engaging to all Coloradans,” said Amanda Moun-

tain, president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Public Media. “The Buell Public Media Center will serve as a symbol of the important role public media plays in strengthening the civic fabric of our communities, while also invigorating an important thoroughfare in downtown Denver.” The capital campaign is anchored by a $6 million gift announced last year from the Buell Foundation, the new facility’s namesake. “This is only the second capital campaign in Rocky Mountain Public Media’s 62-year history,” said Mary Sissel, campaign co-chair, “and it not only supports a new facility, but also funds the future of the organization.” Besides housing Rocky Mountain Public Media’s broadcast operations center, the Buell Public Media Center will include Masterpiece Studio, a flexspace black box broadcast studio and community event space, a music performance studio, and shared offices and studios to facilitate collaboration among the state’s other public media radio and television stations. An appreciation event took place in Denver to recognize donors and reveal updated renderings of the

RMPBS' planned Buell Public Media Center will be located east of Coors field building. Recent large gifts to the project include: •$1.5 million from The Metzler Family for an area devoted to RMPBS KIDS programming; •$1 million from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation for the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Performance Studio for live performance broadcasts; •$1 million from an anonymous donor to support the media center’s statewide advanced technological capability – the Digital Distribution Infrastructure; and, •$500,000 gifts from Douglas Price and Hazel Stevens Price; Doug Morton and Marilyn Brown; Patricia Pacey and Charles Neinas; and the Sturm Family Foundation “We are very excited about the new Buell Public Media Center and its impact on our community,” said Gary Steuer, president and CEO, BonfilsStanton Foundation. “Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is especially pleased to direct its support to the KUVO performance studio, one of Denver’s great cultural assets, the keeper of the flame

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Arts LoDown Art Exhibit Showcases Student's Response to School Shootings Following the February 2018 Parkland, Florida school shooting, a Denver-based art consulting firm was moved to engage the local high school student community, and quickly began planning for a May exhibit that would showcase their voices. #NeverAgain: The Conversation Continued is a juried art exhibition that will serve as a platform for high school students to express their thoughts and feelings around the topic of school shootings through art. The exhibit is the brainchild of Noyes Art Designs, who wanted to offer area students an opportunity to voice their opinions and emotions to the community. “Through this event, we hope to continue the conversation surrounding the #NeverAgain movement and school shootings,” says Nancy Noyes, the president of Noyes Arts Designs. “We believe in the healing element of art, and in the power of our youth. They are our future, and their voices are important.” High school students from the Denver/Boulder area are invited to submit artwork of diverse mediums for the exhibition. Submissions will be accepted through April 22, and selected works will be featured at an opening reception from 6pm-9pm on Friday, May 4, 2018 at ATC | DEN, a gal-

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Urban Arts Fund Projects Call for Applications Denver Public Art opens applications for 2018 Urban Arts Fund projects Denver’s Public Art program, managed by Denver Arts & Venues (A&V), has launched the 2018 Urban Arts Fund (UAF) graffiti prevention program and applications for funding are due March 19. The UAF is open to any artist or artist team and A&V encourages emerging artists and those reflective of typically under‐represented communities to apply. “Denver’s UAF mural program has grown rapidly from when it first started

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SYNC Gallery Presents Impermanence Sync Gallery’s Third Friday artists’ reception will be held on March 16 from 6-9pm, and First Friday Art Walk on April 6 from 6-9pm. The exhibition runs March 15 through April 14, 2018. SYNC Gallery presents Impermanence by Tiana Graves, James C. Jones, Brenda LaBier and Lynda Tygart Impermanence, also called Anicca or Anitya, is one of the essential doctrines and a part of three marks of existence in Buddhism. The doctrine asserts that all of conditioned existence, without exception, is "transient, evanescent, inconstant”. www.syncgallery.com

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Health is Wealth Shamrocks Help Green Day for MDA Retailers throughout Colorado are uniting to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) free kids and adults from the harmful effects of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases that severely weaken muscle strength and mobility by participating in the MDA Shamrocks program running now through April. Participating retailers invite customers to join them in the nation’s largest St. Patrick's Day fundraising program, by adding an iconic paper Shamrock to their purchase at check-out for a $1 or more to benefit MDA. Local retailers and restaurants participating in the nationwide program include: • Bout Time Pub & Grill • Bubbles Liquor World (Castle Rock) • Culver’s • Dave & Busters (Westminster) • Dickey’s Barbeque Pit • Funugyz (Parker) • Jamba Juice • KFC (Western Slope) • King Soopers/City Market • Loveland Country Store • McAlister’s Deli (Grand Junction) • Old Chicago (Denver, Grand Junction, Northern CO) • Sam’s No. 3 Glendale • Schrader’s Oil • Sonic Drive-In (Fort Collins) • Texas Roadhouse (Grand Junction) • Valvoline Instant Oil Change (Longmont) • Waffle House • Wing Shack “For families fighting muscledebilitating diseases, MDA Shamrocks represent more than luck, it is a symbol of strength, independence

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Expand your social circle: As a volunteer with our team, you will have the opportunity to connect with other animal lovers in your community. How To Become a Volunteer Must be willing to make a 6-month commitment of 8-hours per month in a regular weekly or bi-weekly schedule. Must be 16 years of age or older. Junior Team Volunteer Program: Must be between 12-15 years of age and accompanied by a parent or guardian. There is a separate application for Junior Team volunteering. All general volunteer requirements still apply. Application process Complete the General Volunteer or the Junior Team Volunteer Application Contribute a $25 fee to cover cost of volunteer t-shirt, nametag, and background check A link to the Denver Animal Shelter donation page will appear on the screen after you submit your application and will be sent to the email address provided https://www.denvergov.org

The loss of a pet can bring as much grief as the loss of some human friends and family members. This makes sense when you consider the role our animal companions play in our everyday lives. You cared for your pet’s every need and, because they could not speak, you learned to communicate in other ways. Such caring builds intimacy similar to that found between a parent and their infant; love without conflict, jealousy, or any of the other complications found in most relationships. So when a pet dies, the depth of your grief reflects your loss of a special relationship. “When we lose a pet, we lose a relationship unlike any other,” says Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio (www.greengateleadership.com), a family therapist and author of The Pet Loss Companion: Healing Advice From Family Therapists Who Lead Pet Loss Groups. “Many of us love our pets the way we love our children. But in the immediate aftermath of this unique loss, too often family members and friends say things like, ‘Just get another one.’ Instead of devaluing your grief over the loss of this important relationship, as others may advise, embrace your sorrow. Your grief is important, for it will lead you to healing and teach you important things about what matters most in life.”

Dolan-Del Vecchio offers these tips for those grieving the loss of a pet: • Share your grief with empathetic friends. Spend time with people who understand your closeness with your pet. Even some friends may be insensitive, so be careful to avoid “get over it” types of people. “Unfortunately, many people see animals as if they were non-living objects,” Dolan-Del Vecchio says. • Attend a pet loss support group. Pet loss groups provide a concentrated dose of social support. Meeting with others who also grieve and share similar emotions can boost one’s healing greatly. • Keep moving. Exercise is a healer. It boosts feelings of well-being and calm, improves sleep and brightens your mood. • Be creative. Whether you lean toward writing, scrapbooking, ceramics, photography or making collages, creative projects may contribute to healing. • Spend time in nature. Nothing quiets the mind and soul like a stroll through a park, nature preserve, or by the seashore. “The natural world brings special benefits when your heart has been torn by grief,” DolanDel Vecchio says. “The sights, sounds, and smells of nature connect us to eternal, circular stories of life and death in ways that go beyond our usual thoughts and feelings, and this experience brings solace to many people.”

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R e a l E state What is currently the largest and fastestgrowing demographic in the United States and around the world? Millennials? Incorrect, but that is what most people guess. It is SINGLES. Singles outnumber married couples in the U.S., yet the norm in advertising focuses on marriage, family, and couples. It is a frequent advertising theme for travel, recreation, real estate, financial services, cars, etc. In 2016, 51 percent of millennials in the civilian labor force had never married, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics; up from 27 percent in 1987. This labor force is higher in metro areas that are attractive for singles, like Denver, Seattle, Austin, New York City, and Los Angeles. Sixty percent of millennials are currently single, however, 100% of married couples were also single at one time and nearly half of the married couples may become single again. Single is not just a relationship status, it is a lifestyle, a state of mind, and for many - a choice. In 2016, single women accounted for 17% of all home sales, while men accounted for 7%, as reported by Bloomberg. Single mothers outnumber single fathers and seek home stability coupled with the financial long-term benefits. Even more interesting is that women, on average, earn 27% less than men in wages/salary. For obvious reasons, people choose to move here, stay here, move back here, or never leave. For decades, Colorado has continuously attracted young people. There’s something about Denver and Colorado that appeals to them as they think about settling down and creating a nice life. Denver is younger than most Metro cities across the country and remains below the national average of nearly 38 years old. Single-family home prices rose 92% in markets across the country, while 26 metro areas (15%) hit double-digit appreciation. Metro Denver was one of those cities, eclipsing 10% annually, especially in the price range below $500,000. In general, home prices in the West and Midwest have grown at a rate averaging 7.2% for existing single-family homes, while in the northeast sector, appreciation rose at a 4.2% rate (still decent). If making a home investment is your goal then get expert advice from a mortgage pro and the best real estate broker you can find to develop your plan. A goal without a plan … is just a wish. It is easier

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Real Estate Know Your Fair Housing Rights in Colorado

Michael B. Hancock said. “This plan will guide our future housing investments in a way that reflects our city’s values, especially when it comes to helping lift up those residents that need our support the most.” Recent council adoption concludes a 12-month process of research, analysis, debate, and public input. Action plans that support the implementation of Housing an Inclusive Denver will be adopted annually by the Denver Office of Economic Development. The Action Plan for 2018 will be reviewed and discussed at the next Housing Advisory Committee

The housing market in metro Denver, and all across Colorado, is tight. If you find yourself looking for a new place to rent, lease or buy in this crowded and competitive market, be sure that you know your civil rights as it relates to housing. The Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD), which investigates charges of discrimination related to housing, employment and public accomodations, recognizes National Consumer Protection Week with this reminder: In Colorado, discrimination based on a person’s protected class(es) is illegal in housing. The Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA) prohibits housing providers, property managers, homeowners associations, real estate developers, housing lenders and any other businesses or persons involved in housing transactions from engaging in unfair housing practices. Should you find yourself in a situation where you believe that you are being discriminated against based on a protected class, file a complaint. You can start the filing process online through our CaseConnect webportal. Before you file, take note of filing deadlines. For more information visit www.askdora.colorado.gov

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RiNo Residential Hybrid project will be located at 3770 Walnut Street, a spearheaded-shaped primary intersection in RiNo, across from the 38th and Blake A-Line stop.

RiNo Residential Hybrid Development Planned A team of locally based, creativelydriven developers have announced plans for a new 160-unit building that will allow for flexible lengths of stay from a nightly/weekly option on several floors to a monthly/yearly option on others. The yet-to-be named project will be located at 3770 Walnut Street, a spearheaded-shaped primary intersection in RiNo, across from the 38th and Blake A-Line stop. The team plans to preserve a piece of Denver’s history, an existing house on the site which dates back to 1890. Construction of the new building is scheduled to begin this summer. The development team includes the trio of Peak Development Group, Slipstream Properties and Kaplan Companies, all of which have each developed several projects in and around Denver for the past 8-10 years. The architect is Shears Adkins Rockmore. “The forward-thinking development approach that exists in RiNo demanded another new idea, and we’re looking forward to delivering this hybrid short-term/long-term apartment concept to the market,” said Chad Ellington of Peak Development Group. “We’ll be providing micro-apartments to people who live and work in Denver, and want to be in a social, convenient and ‘edgy’ downtown setting. We’ll also be offering professionally managed, short-term rooms to visitors and guests of Denver.” The development will be built over the course of the next 24 months and consist of 160 units, 6,500 square feet of first floor community engagement space, and a second level parking deck. The property will have easy access to the 38th and Blake light rail station, with amenities including a groundlevel and rooftop bar and lounge

for community gathering, concierge and housekeeping services for both apartment residents and short term guests, a fitness center and coffee lounge. Unit sizes will range from 350 to 650 square feet (studios and a limited number of one-bedroom units.) The existing home built in 1890 will be preserved on the site as an additional amenity to the guests and residents for events and to accommodate large groups.

Denver Plan for Affordable, Inclusive Housing Moves Forward Denver’s new five-year housing policy, strategy and investment plan, Housing an Inclusive Denver, was adopted by Denver City Council. Housing an Inclusive Denver outlines the strategies that will guide Denver’s affordable housing investments to create and preserve strong neighborhoods and diverse housing options that are accessible and affordable to all Denver residents. It is centered around four fundamental values: • Leveraging and enhancing housing investments to support inclusive communities; • Identifying ways to foster communities of opportunity – around good homes, good jobs, good schools and access to more transportation options and health services; • Looking at housing as a continuum that serves residents across a range of incomes – from people experiencing homelessness to those living on fixed-incomes, and working families; and • Embracing diversity throughout our neighborhoods to ensure that Denver remains a welcoming community for all residents. “The adoption of our plan is a milestone in our work to ensure safe, affordable and accessible housing for every Denver resident,” Mayor

The 2018-2023 plan recommendations include investment guidelines balanced along the income spectrum, with 40-50% of the city’s combined housing resources supporting people experiencing homeless and/or earning below 30% Area Median Income (AMI), 20-30% of housing dollars serving renters earning between 31% and 80% AMI, and 20-30% of investments serving residents seeking to become homeowners or remain in homes they own. The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) is dedicated to advancing economic prosperity for the City of Denver, its businesses, neighborhoods and residents. Working with a wide variety of community partners, OED operates to create a local environment that stimulates balanced growth through job creation, business assistance, housing options, neighborhood redevelopment and the development of a skilled workforce.

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Proposed Kenect Denver, located mid-block between 21st and 22nd along Lawrence Street

Kenect Denver Project Underway Downtown A large project has started to make its rounds through the Arapahoe Square Design Advisory Board. Kenect Denver, located mid-block between 21st and 22nd along Lawrence Street, is set to rise 34 stories and provide 441 residential units along with office and retail space. The total height of Kenect Denver rivals the recently completed Confluence Tower, rising 14 feet higher for a total of 362 feet. The project will primarily feature an all glass facade with light paneling facing the adjacent properties. Kenect Denver will feature 28 floors of Studio, 1-bedroom, and 3-bedroom units; there is no mention of 2-bedroom units. Five above-ground floors of parking will be completely covered up by retail and office space.

VOA Funding to Help Denver Homeless

Volunteers of America Colorado has been selected to receive a $300,000 award from the City and County of Denver to fund a new Rapid Rehousing and Diversion (RRAD) program for homeless individuals throughout the Denver metro area. The award, active January 1, 2018, comes after the tremendous success of the veteran rapid rehousing program operated by Volunteers of

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America throughout the nation over the last five years, which resulted in a 33% overall decrease of homeless veterans nationally. Behind these programs is The Housing First model, which seeks to find permanent housing for homeless individuals without preconditions or barriers to qualify. Evidence shows that this approach, partnered with a fully-integrated care system, is significantly more effective in helping clients become self-sufficient. Typical models require individuals to be “housing ready” before receiving assistance. RRAD will use the same successful rapid rehousing model practiced with veterans and expand it to provide services for 75 homeless households in Denver each year. Participants will be funneled through an already existing program called OneHome, which is “designed to assess the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness and match them to appropriate housing interventions.” The program will focus on serving the majority of homeless circumstances -- which are short-term and episodic. Unbelievably enough, a chronically homeless individual costs Denver approximately $40,000 every year, with the cost of incarceration periods, hospital stays and other common expenses incurred from people living on the streets. Through the new RRAD program, a person experiencing homelessness can be rehoused and reintegrated back into society for just $4,000 a year. Brenton Hutson, division director of Veterans and Supportive Services at Volunteers of America Colorado, declares, “This award decision represents an acknowledgement of the hard work and tremendous achievements of Volunteers of America’s existing rapid rehousing programs, and is also an affirmation of the fact that there is still much work to be done in bringing this evidencebased model to bear on the larger challenges that our society faces in seeking to, ultimately, end homelessness for all persons.” Denver is one of the growing number of major cities funding this type of program for use with nonveteran homeless individuals. If the program proves successful, the City and County of Denver could potentially continue the award for a period of up to five years. The ultimate goal is to expand this program for use throughout Colorado, and eventually, the entire country in efforts to end homelessness definitively. About Volunteers Of America Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. To learn more, please visit

DORA on Timeshare Resale Scams The Division of Real Estate alerts consumers to be aware of a scam targeting Colorado consumers, real estate brokers and out-of-state timeshare owners regarding reselling of timeshares. The Division has recently received multiple calls reporting that Colorado consumers are cold-called, mailed or emailed solicitations from an unlicensed business entity purporting to be a full service property management company, real estate brokerage or title and escrow company that lists and sells timeshares. Recognizing National Consumer Protection Week, the Division of Real Estate, part of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), are telling consumers to be careful with these type of solicitations. Representatives of the company falsely identify themselves to consumers using the names and license numbers of actual Colorado real estate brokers unbeknownst to those brokers. The company claims to be a Colorado company but cites a false address in the Denver area. When consumers respond to the solicitation, they are directed to forward various up-front transaction fees (sometimes in excess of $5,000.00) to an out-of-state or outof-country escrow company. In 2013, the Colorado Legislature passed a Deceptive Trade Practices Act

related to Timeshare Sales (SB13182). This act provides that a timeshare re-seller must provide certain disclosures, not falsely advertise its services, and not collect any fees or costs from the seller until the timeshare has been transferred. Colorado Consumers who are contacted by a timeshare resale company should contact the Division of Real Estate at 303-894-2355 to verify the authenticity of the company and its business license. If you believe that you are a victim of a timeshare scam, you should contact your local law enforcement, the Attorney General’s office (www.coag. gov), and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation (www.fbi.gov). Tips to avoid being a victim of a timeshare scam: • Always check out the timeshare reseller first. Contact the State regulatory agency (Division of Real Estate), State Attorney General’s Office, and Better Business Bureau, in the State where the reseller is located. • Verify that the real estate broker and title company are licensed. • Contact the home timeshare resort where you own your timeshare to see if they have any information on the reseller. Oftentimes, the developer has a legitimate buy-back or resale program. Visit www.dora.colorado.gov for more information or call 303-894-7855 / toll free 1-800-8867675.

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