One of the largest cities in Colorado is donating millions of dollars raised by taxes on marijuana sales to local non-profit organizations which help the homeless.
The city of Aurora will use $1.5 million of the $4.5 million revenue from cannabis to fund the Colfax Community Network — a social services organization which helps low-income families to live in motels, apartments and provides food, clothing and personal hygiene products.
The Comitis Crisis Center and Aurora Mental Health will also be equipped with a van for their homeless outreach programs, along with two outreach workers each.
Council members are also considering a day center for the homeless, a place where they could wash their clothes, take a shower and receive mental health services.
“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,” said city councilman Bob Roth.