AURORA, Colo. — The Denver suburb of Aurora is using recreational marijuana sales tax revenue to help the homeless.

The Aurora Sentinel ( ) reported Tuesday that among the projects receiving money is the Colfax Community Network, which educates low-income families in motels and apartments along the Colfax corridor about community services. The network is getting $220,000 of $1.5 million set aside this year for homeless programs from Aurora’s local tax on recreational marijuana.

City spokeswoman Julie Patterson says Aurora expects to collect just over $8 million in such taxes by year’s end. About half that total will be used for transportation projects. Some of the rest will help build a recreation center.

Colorado became the first state to start legal recreational marijuana commerce when sales began across the state in 2014.

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