Colorado Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

Colorado ERAP Treasury Programs:

Weld County residents struggling to pay rent or utilities due to COVID-19 can apply for assistance. The county announced on Tuesday it received $9.7 million to help eligible residents as part of the U.S. Department of the Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance program.

Colorado CARES+ Programs:

Governor Jared Polis issued an executive order allocating $3 million in state funds to be used for short-term rental and mortgage assistance for Coloradans struggling to stay housed during the pandemic. UPDATE: The Colorado Legislature and Governor Polis have passed Senate Bill 20B-002 authorizing an additional $54 million in housing assistance for people economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs’ Division of Housing has launched the Property Owner Preservation program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to allocate up to $20 million in federal CARES Act funds for rental assistance to landlords on behalf of their tenants.

If you are at risk of losing your home or apartment, are homeless and need assistance with the move-in costs for an apartment, or need assistance with a utility shut-off you may qualify for financial assistance through Almost Home, Inc. We provide free housing assessments to determine eligibility for financial assistance and other services.

The city of Aurora has established new program, funded through the House Aurora Partnership and Community Development Block Grants, offers up to two months of rental payments to qualifying residents.

Rental and Mortgage Assistance Program offers emergency rental and mortgage assistance for Broomfield residents.  Applicants must meet income guidelines and have a willingness to discuss their plans for future sustainability to continue to pay their rent or mortgage after receiving emergency assistance.

Catholic Charities of Central Colorado reached a milestone Nov. 17, 2020, serving more than 560 families with over half a million dollars in COVID-19 rental assistance, helping them stay in their homes and safe from eviction. Since the beginning of COVID-19, funds from the CARES Act, El Paso County CARES, Colorado Trust, Community Development Block Grant program, FEMA, Myron Stratton Home, Pikes Peak Community Foundations, Pikes Peak United Way, and numerous individual donations have made it possible for Catholic Charities to help families and individuals escape eviction.

City Council on Monday approved adding $5 million to a housing assistance fund that started the year with a budget of $2 million. Nonprofits that have been longtime partners in the program will process applications for the additional funds. The Northeast Denver Housing Center and Brothers Redevelopment Inc. each will administer $2 million in rental assistance.

Garfield County commissioners on Monday voted unanimously to approve a transfer of $500,000 of emergency funds to the Department of Human Services for Garfield County’s Emergency General Assistance program, which can cover rent, utilities, transportation, food and some personal needs.

City Council has approved providing $150,000 from its Coronavirus Relief Fund to the United Way of Pueblo County to provide rental assistance for individuals who have become unemployed or suffered other financial setbacks as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The money will go to the United Way, but will be turned over to Catholic Charities who will ultimately administer the funds, according to the city.

The town of Breckenridge is providing $1.5 million in COVID-19 relief, aiming to aid affected small businesses as well as individuals. The program will provide rent relief as well as guidance for accessing other resources and assistance, such as help applying for unemployment and other government programs.

The Vail Valley Salvation Army was awarded $25,000 from US BANK for its COVID-19 response fund supporting relief and recovery efforts. They  will use the funds to support a program that provides emergency rent assistance to those in need in the community.

These resources are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Landlords and Tenants are encouraged to seek specific legal advice for any of the issues as found in this blog.

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    I am a small landlord (7 units) aged 77, widowed 3 weeks ago. My rentals are my only income.
    .I made a claim under the POP plan on 7 March. I received no acknowledgement or further correspondence. On March 19 I received the email about the ERAP program – again no acknowledgement or info about my extant claim. The POP portal had disappeared so I could not check what was happening (if anything)
    The DOLA email stated that the ERAP portal would become available. Today is April 9, the portal is still not available.
    At present I am owed $21,400 in unpaid rent in addition to more than $2,000 in water bills. At the end of April I will have to pay $18,000 in property tax and more than $12,000 in insurance premiums. If Colorado does not intend to administer this program they should come out and say so. Otherwise they should get their act together

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