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Que Pasa Week of 09/01/21
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Radon information sessions

The City of Fort Collins, in partnership with the Larimer County Extension Office, invite residents of Larimer County to join a free virtual informational session next month to learn more about radon, how it can impact health, and actions that can be taken to mitigate radon in homes.

Radon gas enters homes and other buildings through cracks and openings in basements, crawl spaces, and slabs. Radon levels vary from house to house and have nothing to do with the age, upkeep, or quality of the building; however, Colorado homes are at a higher risk for radon.

Larimer County residents will also receive a FREE radon test kit for attending the webinar. Each session will have interpretation services in Spanish. To register for the virtual session visit www.fcgov.com/radon.

Sessions Dates:

Thursday, September 16, 2021, from 6-7 p.m.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021, from 12-1 p.m.

Veterans invited to September 16 fair

More than 40 organizations that serve military veterans and their families will be available at the West Metro Veterans Fair, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16 at the Lakewood Elks Lodge #1777, 1455 Newland St.

Free to the public, the West Metro Veterans Fair provides resources and information for anyone who has served in the military and their families to learn about benefits, counseling, employment, health care and housing options. Flu shots, COVID-19 vaccinations and hepatitis screenings will be available at no cost. There will also be opportunities for one-on-one discussions with exhibitors at the fair and a free barbecue to enjoy.

The City of Lakewood and the Lakewood Elks Lodge #1777 are hosting the fair to serve the veterans in the community and to assist them with learning about their benefits, resources and organizations serving military personnel.

For more information, visit Lakewood.org/VeteransFair.

Denver expands rent assistance to struggling households

Denver’s Department of Housing Stability (HOST) has greatly expanded its capacity to provide federal rent assistance funds to households in need. Denver City Council last night approved the final in a series of contracts to administer the Emergency Rental Assistance program (ERAP) to Denver households that are unable to pay rent and utilities.

The contracts will play a role in stemming the tide of evictions, which are anticipated following the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow evictions to resume. Nearly one in eight Denver residents is behind on their rent, and many may receive an imminent notice to pay their rent or lose their homes.

A $3 million contract was approved with The Salvation Army. Other contracts recently approved include Brothers Redevelopment, Inc. ($5,000,000); Northeast Denver Housing Center ($6,000,000); Jewish Family Service of Colorado ($3,502,208); and The Community Firm ($4,177,531).

Our Government

White House

President Joseph R. Biden declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal air to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Ida beginning on August 26th and continuing. The President’s actions makes Federal funding available to affected individuals throughout Parishes in Louisiana.

Colorado Governor

Governor Polis sent a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Senators Cory Booker and Ron Wyden urging Congress to immediately take up legislation to enact tax and banking measures for the marijuana industry as the U.S. government looks to legalize cannabis federally. Specifically, Governor Polis called on Congress to pass the SAFE Banking Act that would allow financial institutions to serve cannabis businesses.

Denver Mayor

Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced the appointment of County Court Magistrate Judge Kelly Cherry to the Denver County Court bench. That appointment will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Adam Espinoza. “Our county court is a special institution responisble for overseeing the laws that have the most impact on our community and our residents, and in Magistrate Judge Cherry I found an indivudual whose values for diversity and equity will help elevate our local judicial systems, “Mayor Hancock said.

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