The Delta County Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded a $120,000 grant to help keep families together in Delta and Montrose counties.
The Colorado Department of Human Services' Office of Early Childhood recently awarded more than $2.5 million through the federal Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program (PSSF) to 23 county human or social services departments for family support, family preservation, services to reunite families in the months immediately following a child's removal from the home, and support services for adoptive families. The awards will serve 36 counties.
PSSF is a federal program that provides funding to states to help prevent the unnecessary separation of children from their families; improve the quality of care and services to children and their families; and ensure permanency for children by reuniting them with their parents, by adoption or by another permanent living arrangement.
All states receive grants based on the state's share of children nationwide receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Colorado redistributes the majority of these federal funds to counties to provide services in local communities.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.