An investigation by CBS4 revealed that the City of Denver used thousands of dollars from a donation fund for homeless people in pushing them out of the Ballpark neighborhood in March.
The station reported last night that it obtained emails in which officials from the mayor’s office, public works and other city agencies determined how to pay an environmental company $60,000 to move, store and redistribute confiscated personal property.
When the investigation was brought to the city’s attention, it reversed course, according to CBS4:
“Sue Cobb, a spokesperson for the city, said the actual cost that was going to be drawn out of the homeless donation fund was $76,289.11. She said when CBS4 began asking questions, $10,740 had already been paid out of the homeless donation fund to the Arvada contractor, Custom Environmental Services. But she said Denver’s Public Works department will repay that amount into the homeless donation fund and the balance of the costs will also be paid by Public Works.”