NEWS: Tuesday June 8, 2010

Jun 8th @ 6:02 am in News by Scott Staley

Authorities have identified the man killed in a plane crash in Gunnison County. The county coroner said 39-year-old William Michael Fritts of Osceola, Missouri died in the crash Sunday morning near Marble, 90 miles north of Montrose. Fritts was flying the Beech G35 when it crashed. Two women on board survived – 21-year-old Kelly Schaver and 56-year-old Jeryl Schaver of Tucson, Arizona. The cause of the crash isn’t known.
Source: Gunnison County Sheriff’s Office   (Posted 5:57a)

Power was restored to the Fruita residents who were without power since Sunday night. Fourteen power poles in the area of 19 Road were knocked down and Grand Valley Power believes it was from high winds in the area.  Power was fully restored yesterday afternoon
Source: Grand Valley Power   (Posted 6:01a)

Last week, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that  200 homeless veterans in Colorado will get permanent housing assistance through a HUD rental assistance program that connects homeless veterans from local Veterans Affairs Medical Centers with rental assistance vouchers provided by local public housing agencies.

“Though they served and sacrificed so much for our country, too many of our veterans find themselves on the streets and in homeless shelters,” said Donovan.  “Thankfully, these vouchers will provide a more permanent solution to housing and services these veterans need.”

HUD’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH) will provide local public housing agencies with $58.6 million in funding specifically targeted to assist homeless veterans in their area.  The following organizations received funding in COLORADO:

The grants announced today are part of a $75 million investment to support the needs of homeless veterans.   For a national breakdown of the HUD-VASH vouchers announced today, visit: HUD VASH . HUD expects to announce a second round of funding for another 1,355 rental vouchers next month and an additional 400 project-based vouchers later this summer. Local public housing agencies that administer HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) work closely with VAMCs to manage the program. In addition to the rental assistance, VAMCs provide supportive services and case management to eligible homeless veterans.     In Colorado, the announcement includes:

COLORADO Housing Authority Affiliated VA Health Care Facility Vouchers          Funds

Grand Junction Housing Authority

Grand Junction Grand Junction VAMC


$ 139,962
Aurora Housing Authority Aurora E. CO HCS (Denver)


Colorado Department of Human Services Denver E. CO HCS (Denver)


Colorado Department of Human Services Denver E. CO HCS (S. Colorado)


Colorado Division of Housing Denver E. CO HCS (Denver)



HUD allocates the housing vouchers to local public housing agencies, which are specifically targeted to homeless veterans based on a variety of factors, including the number of reported homeless veterans and the proximity of a local VAMC with the capacity to provide case management.  Local communities that receive HUD homeless assistance will work with local VAMCs to identify eligible participants.  VAMC case managers will also work directly with local housing agencies that are administering the HUD-VASH program to determine income eligibility and help participants find suitable housing.  Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent.  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers eligible homeless veterans clinical and supportive services through its medical centers across the U.S and Puerto Rico.

This is the third year HUD is supporting the housing and service needs of homeless veterans across America through HUD-VASH with a total investment of $225 million that will sustain approximately 30,000 rental assistance vouchers.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 5:55a)