Rent and Utility Assistance

 Rental Assistance

If property owners or tenants have been unable to pay rent due to a financial hardship caused directly or indirectly by COVID-19, you may be eligible for rental assistance. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) can help renters as far back as April, 2020. Help can include past due, current, and two additional months of expected rent costs. After the initial assistance, you can apply for additional assistance, if funds are still available.

 Immigration status is not a requirement for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program and emergency rental assistance is not weighed in a public charge determination. 

See if You Qualify

You (property owners and/or tenants) 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 due directly or indirectly to COVID-19.
  • The tenant's household income is at or below the maximum income listed here (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, 123KB) (also available in Spanish(PDF, 157KB))

 

Apply Online

You can apply for emergency rental assistance online through the State of Colorado Department of Local Affairs under the "Landlords and Tenants" section.

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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CDC Eviction Protection Declaration

How does someone use this protection? A tenant, lessee, or resident of a residential property must provide a completed and signed copy of the declaration to their landlord, owner of the residential property where they live, or other person who has a right to have them evicted or removed from where they live. The declaration may be signed and transmitted either electronically or by hard copy. Each adult listed on the lease, rental agreement, or housing contract should complete the declaration. In certain circumstances, such as individuals filing a joint tax return, it may be appropriate for one member of the residence to provide an executed declaration on behalf of other adult residents party to the lease, rental agreement, or housing contract at issue.

Download Eviction Declaration Form

Multilingual Eviction Declaration Forms

Utility Assistance

If you are a renter or homeowner and need assistance with paying utilities, including Denver Water and Xcel Energy, you may be eligible for 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.