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Denver City Council Approves Expansion of Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance Program

Housing program has helped more than 1,100 households since inception 14 months ago

A popular housing assistance program, promoting stability among residents facing a housing crisis and possible eviction, has been extended to serve additional households throughout 2019. Denver City Council last night approved two separate contracts which together provide an additional $2 million in funding for Denver’s Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance program (TRUA).

“Denver’s comprehensive housing strategy includes approaches like TRUA, to help people from losing their homes,” said Britta Fisher, Chief Housing Officer of the Denver Office of Economic Development (OED). “By investing resources to stabilize residents at risk of involuntary displacement, we’re doing more to help alleviate homelessness and support residents in need.”

TRUA offers rent and utility assistance to households earning up to 80% of the area median income, which is $50,350 for an individual and $71,900 for a family of four. Paid for through Denver’s Affordable Housing Fund, TRUA is part of a collaborative effort by OED to address critical and immediate needs of people facing job/income loss or other economic pressures, unsafe housing conditions, utility shutoff, or potential eviction.

The TRUA program has served more than 1,100 households since its inception in November 2017. Rental assistance has been provided to 1,047 households, with an average rental payment of $1,200. A total of 77 households have received utility assistance, with an average payment of $378. The majority of residents served have incomes below 30% of the area median income, and a significant proportion of residents served are female heads of households.

The program is offered through two nonprofit program delivery partners, the Northeast Denver Housing Center and Brothers Redevelopment Inc. The new contracts bring the city’s total investment in TRUA to nearly $4 million.

The TRUA expansion comes on the heels of Denver’s new Temporary Mortgage Assistance program, announced earlier this month as a measure to assist furloughed workers and others affected by the recent federal government shutdown.

For more information on eligibility and enrollment, visit www.Denvergov.org/housing