Rent and Utility Help

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Overview

Are you struggling to pay your rent, mortgage, or utilities? Are you worried about staying in your home? You’re not alone and it’s not your fault— one in three households in Denver is paying more than a third of their income toward housing. The Denver Department of Housing Stability is here to help you get the assistance you deserve. We have FREE programs to help you with paying rent, utilities, and more. Documentation status and landlord participation are not requirements for most programs.

Emergency Rental Assistance (ERAP)

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.

More info here

To connect with a representative CALL OR TEXT:  1-888-480-0066 / M - F 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. mountain time, Saturdays 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. To report suspected fraud within the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, call 720-913-1534 or email DenverERAP@denvergov.org

Temporary Rent and Utility Assistance (TRUA)

If you are a renter or homeowner in Denver and need assistance with paying rent and/or utilities, including Denver Water and Xcel Energy, you may be eligible for rent and utility assistance through Denver’s Temporary Rent & Utility Assistance Program.

Immigration status is not a requirement for the Temporary Rent & Utility Assistance Program.

See If You Qualify

  • The property you are requesting utility assistance for is your primary residence and is in the City and County of Denver
  • The tenant or homeowner’s household income is at or below the maximum income listed here (PDF, 144KB)(80% Area Median Income.) 
  • You have experienced an unexpected financial hardship
  • You complete the application for assistance and provide all of the needed documentation
  • Other qualifications and documentation required will be explained by the nonprofit agency you work with to access the funds

    To apply, call 311 and press 6 and you will be connected with a nonprofit agency providing utility assistance.