Emergency Rental Assistance (ERAP)

Rental Assistance

Tenants who have been unable to pay rent due to financial hardship caused during or due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for rental assistance. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) can help cover rent as far back as April 2020. Help can include past due, current, and two additional months of rent up to a maximum of 18 months of assistance. If you are in need of free eviction legal assistance, visit this page and scroll down to free eviction legal services.

Emergency Rental Assistance Funding is still available, however, as of November 1, 2022, new limits on Additional Funding Requests (AFR) will be implemented.

If the household has not yet reached its 18-month maximum, qualified households will be eligible for one more AFR (i.e., another three months of rental assistance), after which no additional assistance will be allowed. If you are a new, qualified applicant and you have not applied for or received your initial round of assistance, you are eligible for your initial round and may be eligible for one more AFR (i.e., another three months of rental assistance). ERAP funding is not guaranteed and is based on availability of funds.

See if You Qualify

You may qualify for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) if:

  • The tenant was unable to pay the property rent or mobile home lot rent and can self-certify that one or more individuals in the household qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship during or due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The tenant's household income is at or below the maximum income listed here (PDF, 125KB)(80% Area Median Income.) 
  • You (property owner and/or tenant) have not already received rental assistance that covered the tenant's rent for the months requested.
  • You complete the application for assistance and provide all of the needed documentation.
  • Other qualifications and documentation required will be explained by the agency you work with to access the funds.

Read the ERAP Program Guidelines(PDF, 262KB) (also available in Spanish(PDF, 286KB)).

Immigration status is not a requirement for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program and emergency rental assistance is not weighed in a public charge determination. Landlord/Property Owner participation is not required in order for a tenant to receive assistance. Households currently supported with a housing voucher are eligible, however, the program may only pay for the tenant portion of the rent for households with housing vouchers.


Apply Online

You can apply for emergency rental assistance online through the State of Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

Colorado is committed to accessibility for all applicants.  If you require this material in an alternate format, please call us at 1-888-480-0066.

Applications can be completed in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Marathi, Nepali, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, or Vietnamese.  To select your preferred language, click on the person icon (upper righthand corner) then "My Profile", then "Preferred Language."

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If your request for assistance is denied, you may be eligible to appeal the decision.


Frequently Asked Questions

Have more questions? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions below.