A Message from Mayor Coffman - Jan. 8, 2021

A Message from Mayor Coffman - Jan. 8, 2021
Posted on 01/08/2021

City celebrates 35 years of Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration

Join the city of Aurora in celebrating the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the city’s 35th Annual MLK Jr. Commemoration, a week-long series of educational, motivational and inspirational events.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s events are all virtual and will be available via various online platforms, such as the city’s Facebook page. The theme for 2021 is “Rise Up: Achieve the Dream,” and events include an opening ceremony with music and art performances, a series of lunch-and-learn events and table talks, interfaith service and prayer breakfast from the Aurora Community of Faith, a wreath-laying ceremony, and more.

One highlight of the commemoration is a Community Celebration on Friday, Jan. 15, featuring BET’s "Sunday Best" winner Stephanie Summers, and the presentation of the Spirit of MLK Award and Community Partner of the Year Award.

For the full list of events and links to join in, visit AuroraGov.org/MLK.


Rental Assistance Program opens for third round of funding

The city of Aurora is making more than $1 million in rental assistance available to help those financially impacted by COVID-19. The Rental Assistance Program began in 2020 after the city heard from residents that lease payments were among their top concerns during the COVID-19 crisis, and the program is now open for its third round of applications. If you hold a current lease in the city of Aurora and are unable to pay your rent because you lost income due to COVID, you may be eligible.

To learn more about the program, go to AuroraGov.org/RentAssist, where you’ll find information on eligibility guidelines and details on what paperwork you need to gather in order to complete the application. Households who earn up to 80% of the Area Median Income are eligible for this round of funding.


Apply by Jan. 14 for the Restaurant Relief Program

To provide economic assistance to Aurora restaurants experiencing financial stress during the pandemic, the city of Aurora and the Aurora City Council have rolled out a $1 million grant program for restaurants, bars, breweries and caterers experiencing financial stress or disrupted operations during the COVID-19 outbreak and economic downturn.

The Aurora Restaurant Relief Program will provide grants up to $10,000 per eligible Aurora restaurant to meet business rent and payroll expenses with appropriate documentation demonstrating need as a result of COVID-19 impacts.

Applications must be submitted before midnight Thursday, Jan. 14 at AuroraGov.org/RR.

City Council meeting updates for the New Year

We have made changes to our City Council meetings for 2021. Study sessions will now take place separately from regular council meetings, generally alternating every other Monday unless there is a holiday or other city activity occurring. The meeting time for the regular council meeting is moving to 6:30 p.m., with study sessions having the same start time. The complete council schedule, along with meeting agendas and minutes, is located at AuroraGov.org/Council (click on the Council Meetings page). For the foreseeable future, council meetings will continue to happen remotely due to COVID-19.

Meetings may be viewed live at AuroraTV.org or on Aurora Comcast cable channels 8 and 880. To provide comment during Public Invited to be Heard during a regular council meeting or speak on a specific agenda item on the regular council agenda, call the live public comment line at 855.695.3475. Once connected, press *3 to reach the operator and be placed in the queue for the item you wish to speak about. If others are ahead of you in line to speak with the operator, you will continue to hear the council meeting while you wait.

If you wish to speak during Public Invited to be Heard at 6:30 p.m., you must call in after 6 p.m. and be in the queue by 6:30 p.m.; otherwise, you will have to wait to speak until the meeting's end. If you wish to speak on another agenda item, you must call in after 6 p.m. and before the City Clerk reads the title of the item you wish to address. Once the Clerk reads the title, no additional calls for that item will be accepted.

Mayor Mike Live
We are back with “Mayor Mike Live” this Friday, Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. I will be joined by Deputy City Manager Roberto Venegas to discuss the Aurora Restaurant Relief Program, and by the city’s Community Relations Manager Claudine McDonald to talk about the upcoming events in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I’ll also share some of my experience after living on the streets to better understand the issue of homelessness.

Join the live streaming on AuroraTV.org or the city’s Facebook page

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