(Feb. 6) – Rep. Leslie Herod’s first bill, which creates a voluntary contribution option on state individual income tax returns for Urban Peak, which serves Colorado homeless youth, earned final, bipartisan approval from the House this morning. “It’s important to me that my first bill supports Coloradans who are least able to support themselves—our homeless youth,” said Rep. Herod, D-Denver. “This bill will help raise thousands of dollars through voluntary contributions, which will allow more young Coloradans to overcome homelessness and reclaim their future.” Urban Peak serves youth ages 15-24 who are homeless or at risk of being homeless and has locations in Denver and Colorado Springs. The organization provides an overnight shelter, a daytime drop-in center, street outreach, education and employment programming, and supportive housing. HB17-1055 creates a fund in the state treasury to support the nonprofit’s homeless youth engagement efforts. A voluntary contribution line for the fund will appear on the state individual income tax return form for the next five years. The 49-15 third reading vote sends the bill to the Senate.

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