HOME­LESS PLAN AD­VANCES

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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.

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