HOMELESS PLAN ADVANCES
A Denver City Council committee on Tuesday advanced the city’s proposal for an $8.7 million social impact bond program that would tap private money to house some of the city’s most chronically homeless.
But members of the Finance and Services Committee, along with other council members, said they still were seeking answers to questions about how the contract would work before the council takes a final vote, as soon as Jan. 25. Two days later, the council is set to hold the second installment in a separate discussion of wider city homelessness policy that began with a retreat last month.
The program would draw money from private investors to start a fiveyear supportive housing program for up to 250 homeless people. The city would repay the investors using savings from city services elsewhere, depending on the participants’ stability in the program and days spent in jail.
Woman plans to sue over visitation rights. A woman
embroiled in a highprofile feud with Children’s Hospital Colorado over visitation rights with her infant daughter has alerted the medical center she plans to sue.
Amber McCullough’s attorney, James Avery, sent the Aurora hospital a notice of claim seeking $900,000 for mental anguish, pain and suffering, impairment and disfigurement. McCullough, who is from Minnesota but came to Colorado for medical treatment, in August gave birth to conjoined twins at the hospital, one of whom died after a difficult fivehour separation procedure.
Savannah Rose McCullough, the child who survived, has been under intense medical supervision since birth and suffered serious complications, including a lifethreatening internal hemorrhage.
Denver7 reported last week that McCullough said she was limited and then ultimately barred from seeing Savannah by hospital staff who allegedly complained that the mother was being disruptive.
Avery told The Denver Post on Tuesday that McCullough is now only allowed to see Savannah for a maximum of four hours each day, which he called “outrageous.”
Councilwoman treated for cancer B
aurora» Aurora City Councilwoman Francoise Bergan, elected to her first term in November, said in a statement Tuesday that she has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and will start treatment soon.
Bergan, 56, said she learned of her cancer diagnosis over the holidays. She represents Ward VI in far southeast Aurora.
“While I will be taking some needed time to address my health, I remain dedicated to working on behalf of the constituents of Ward VI,” Bergan said in the statement.
Bergan has served on many city boards for nearly two decades. She is retired and worked in sales, executive management and consulting.