In an effort to assist the increasing homeless population in Aurora, Colorado, the city has decided to allocate $1.5 million in recreational marijuana sales tax dollars to aid those in need.
City councilman, Bob Roth said, “We wanted to be able to show citizens that we are having a positive impact on the community and point to specific projects or initiatives to where that money is going to.”
It is reported that Colfax Community Network will receive $200,000 in relief which will help families living out of motels, the Huffington Post reports. Two other groups, Comitis Crisis Center and Aurora Mental Health, will be provided with vans for homeless outreach programs. Additional funding for non-profit organizations and community groups to assist other suffering programs.
Additional intentions for the tax dollars includes mobile showering stations, vouchers for personal needs and general community outreach services. It is also an intention of these programs to eventually provide permanent supportive-type housing and social services for those needing assistance.