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Hickenlooper, Bennet Praise Federal Funding for Migrant Support Services

Jun 14, 2023

Award money will bolster city’s efforts to house, feed, and process arriving migrants

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet applauded the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) announcement of $8.6 million in federal funding to assist Denver’s migrant support efforts.

The announcement comes after Hickenlooper and Bennet urged DHS in May to support the state of Colorado and city of Denver as they handled a surge in migrant arrivals. Mayor Michael Hancock thanked both Hickenlooper and Bennet for their assistance.

“Denver has used its own money to support, house, and feed more than 11,000 migrants since December,” said Hickenlooper. “We urged DHS to help Denver continue providing this lifesaving humanitarian relief and we’re grateful they listened.”

“In recent months, the city of Denver and state of Colorado have united to address the immense humanitarian needs of migrants from our southern border – spending millions of dollars to shelter and support these migrants and straining local resources,” said Bennet. “I’m appreciative that the federal government answered our calls to provide more support to Denver, and we’ll continue to push for more federal support in the days ahead.”

Since December 2022, Denver and Colorado together have spent over $21 million to serve migrants, straining local and state resources. That financial strain has only increased in anticipation of, and following, the end of Title 42.

Up to this point, the city has been covering costs using contingency funds and agency budgets.

For more information on the DHS funding, click HERE.


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