Grand Junction City Council allocates funding for local projects

The Grand Junction City Council has allocated a total of more than $700,000 to six Grand Valley organizations to help fund a variety of projects.

The latest allocations are part of an annual process in which the council earmarks funding to organizations that provide services and programs the city doesn’t offer. The funding also is intended to promote economic development through construction projects and employment.

The council allocated:

$327,622 to the Grand Junction Housing Authority to pay for development fees for an affordable senior housing complex as well as demolition and asbestos abatement to redevelop a site for new housing units.

$200,000 to HomewardBound of the Grand Valley to help fund construction of a project to serve homeless families and complete a respite center where people can stay on a short-term basis to recuperate from an illness or injury.

$100,000 to Mind Springs to fund the expansion of the West Springs psychiatric hospital in Grand Junction. The $34 million expansion will add up to 64 beds, doubling the number of patients that can be treated at the inpatient facility.

$37,500 to Western Slope Center for Children to serve children who are victims of sexual assault and contribute to the salary of a sexual assault nurse examiner coordinator.

$20,000 to Hilltop Community Resources to help fund a remodeling project for the Latimer House safe house for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The project will include upgraded security, furnishings and a playroom for children.

$19,650 to Strive to fund upgrades to the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, including office heating and cooling, a new misting system for the butterfly house and greenhouse and new stucco and paint on the castle.