Useful resources to utilize within our neighborhood community.
Community Space at Hooked on Colfax
“The Blue Bench (formerly RAAP) is metro Denver’s only comprehensive sexual assault prevention and support center. Since our founding in 1983, we have worked tirelessly to eliminate sexual assault and diminish the impact it has on individuals, their loved ones and our community.
Through issue advocacy, scientifically-supported prevention programs and a robust offering of low to no-cost client services including a 24-hour hotline, individual and group therapy and case management, The Blue Bench has helped hundreds of thousands of Denver-area people of all gender identities find the courage to move from victim to survivor.”
Hotline: (303) 322-7273
“Denver INC (Inter Neighborhood Cooperation) is a voluntary, non-profit coalition of representatives from Denver’s registered neighborhood organizations (RNO’s), city agencies and others that gather to promote responsible city change and growth.
INC believes that individual neighborhoods are stronger when they work together and learn from one another. Our structured coalition enables Denver’s neighborhoods to speak in a unified voice to City officials about such things as zoning, transportation, education, parks and recreation, and public safety.”
Homeowner Repair Program
A long-standing Denver program, promoting housing stability among low- and moderate-income homeowners, has been extended through May 2020. Denver City Council approved a contract with the Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) to continue administering the Single Family Rehabilitation program (SFR).
The SFR program helps low- and moderate-income households to make essential repairs and upgrades to their home using zero to one-percent interest loans of up to $34,999. SFR is designed for major home rehabilitation such as roofing, plumbing, siding, gutters and window repair or replacement, as well as some kitchen and bathroom repairs like tile and cabinetry.
To qualify for the SFR program, applicants must be a Denver resident, own and occupy the home as their principal residence and have a household income of no more than 80 percent of the area median income (up to $50,350 for a single-person household, or up to $71,900 for a family of four). Additional details about qualifications and applying for the SFR program can be found here.
Eviction Legal Defense Program
Last year, an eviction legal defense pilot aimed at helping Denver residents stay in their homes opened its doors. The free legal help, provided by Colorado Legal Services and other legal providers has two goals – help those facing eviction stay housed or reduce the barriers for evicted tenants to find future housing.
Tenants in Denver who have been served with a notice, have received court papers or have a housing problem, should contact Colorado Legal Servicesright away to be screened for services. Colorado Legal Services will generally be able to serve households earning up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level based on their family size, as well as older adults (age 65+) of any income.
South City Park's Climate Action Committee has made a commitment to quadruple the current composting rates of our neighborhood in 2019! If you have access to the City's composting program (if you live in a single family home or a small multiple dwelling unit), sign up is easy. There is a nominal fee of $107.00 (save $10) if you pay annually or $29.25 per quarter. The City gives you a green cart and you can put all your composting material in (kitchen waste, used tissues, paper plates, napkins, paper towels and organic yard waste) and the City picks it up weekly.
Sign up here.
If you don't have access to the City's program, see Denver Compost Collective information below.
denver compost collective
“Denver Compost Collective is a small company with a reverence for the wholeness of life. We intend to address some of the big problems of our time: climate change, inequality, poverty, and alienation from nature and each other, by engaging with our neighbors right here in Denver in the practices of composting, community farming, and sharing our collective resources. And yes, we intend to make a living by playing in the dirt.
Our mission is to become a worker-owned cooperative, dedicated to engaging whole communities in the liberating practices of composting, community self-reliance, stewardship of the Earth, and sharing the fruits of our labor.”
Residents can recycle household batteries at SCPNA meetings. Partnering with Battery Giant, the Climate Action Committee will collect batteries at every meeting for recycling. The minimal cost is 50 cents per pound, so toss in a couple of quarters with your batteries. We are going to be tracking the total number of pounds of batteries we recycle.