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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN DENVER

Last week Mayor Michael Hancock announced a plan to house 200 people experiencing homelessness in the next 100 days. Today marks Day 6.

This initiative is part of the mayor’s economic recovery plan that he shared with the public earlier this summer and will be made possible through emergency housing vouchers funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Mayor Hancock called this “housing surge” — a focused coordination with housing partners to quickly get unhoused residents back into homes and connected with housing resources — the first of many.

"We're going to continue deploying every tool available, with a goal of lifting thousands of people out of homelessness over the next two years, including those who are living on our streets in the most unsafe and unhealthy of conditions,” the mayor said in a statement.

The Denver Housing Authority, Metro Denver Homeless Initiative, Community Solutions, and Homebase are serving as the guiding entities for the effort, with help from a handful of local nonprofits and homeless service partners.
[CO Politics; CBS4]

👉 What you can do: Learn more about Denver’s Department of Housing Stability and the resources it offers for residents experiencing homelessness.

🌡️ Today marks the only day this week that temperatures won’t break into the 90s. Also enjoy clear skies and no rain.

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)

📰 IN OTHER NEWS

🏡 Gov. Polis extends eviction protection order
After the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to extend federal pandemic-related eviction protection, Gov. Jared Polis opted to reinstate an executive order that grants Colorado tenants waiting for emergency rental assistance a 30-day grace period for past-due rental payments. The order is set to expire 30 days from Sept. 4 unless further extended. [Denver Post]
👉 What you can do: Tenants and landlords can still apply for the Colorado Emergency Rental Assistance program


🚨 Threatening graffiti closes Greenwood Village King Soopers
A King Soopers store in Greenwood Village temporarily closed up shop over the weekend after police were alerted to some ominous graffiti nearby. The graffiti said: “Boulder strong is about to be Denver strong” — a reference to the March 22 mass shooting at a King Soopers in Boulder that left 10 people dead. The store resumed regular hours yesterday, but shoppers should expect an increase in police presence at both Greenwood Village locations. [9News]

🧵 Denver Art Museum receives a generous donation
An anonymous donor has gifted $25 million to the Denver Art Museum. The money will be dedicated to the museum’s textile arts and fashion department, specifically funding research on textiles’ role in connecting cultures across the globe throughout history. “[Textiles] were used to communicate ideas and stories, share religious beliefs as well as notions of style and taste. Then, as now, they are among the most beautiful documents of human creativity,” said museum director Christoph Heinrich. [Denverite]

🏗️ Long-vacant Kmart razed for residential redevelopment
There’s an old Kmart store in southeast Denver at Monaco Parkway and Evans Avenue that has been empty for nearly a decade, and it’s finally being demolished. A 287-unit apartment complex called Edera at Highline is slated to take the store’s spot. Kmart signed a 99-year lease on the building more than 50 years ago, but Forum Real Estate Group purchased it for redevelopment in 2019. [Denver7]

🎙 TODAY'S PODCAST

What is ShotSpotter? Why is it so Expensive? Why Does DPD Use it? 
14 mins
Today, Host Bree Davies talks with Axios Denver’s Alayna Alvarez about the city’s contract with ShotSpotter — a surveillance technology that alerts police to the sound of gunfire — and the recent scrutiny of the tech’s reliability and accuracy. 

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🗓️ MARK YOUR CAL

+ WEDNESDAY: Sojourners Project: Busing
This immersive theater experience is an intergenerational look back at the desegregation of Denver schools through busing in 1968 and how it shaped the local community.

+ WEDNESDAY: 2021 Denver Museum of Miniatures Fall Show and Sale
This week kicks off the 40th annual weeklong celebration of all things miniature with special events for collectors and dealers. The public is welcome to the show Saturday and Sunday.

+ FRIDAY: Daisy’s Day Speakeasy
Jump back in time for an evening at this Roaring ’20s speakeasy experience complete with Prohibition-style cocktails, 1920s garb, and vaudeville performances. 

🍁 MADE IN DENVER

(Photo: Hyoung Chang / The Denver Post / Getty Images)

You don’t have to drive all the way to Kenosha Pass to do your autumn leaf-peeping. According to the 2021 Fall Foliage Prediction Map, there’s plenty of changing leaves to enjoy from right here in the Denver metro with prime peeping opportunities expected to peak around September 28. [Patch]

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