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Denver Launches Expansion, New Name for Property Tax Relief Program

Program expanded to families who own a home along with seniors and people living with disabilities

Mayor Michael B. Hancock today launched the expansion of Denver’s Property Tax Relief Program. Beginning May 1, families who own a home and earn 40% of Area Median Income or less can now qualify for the city’s Property Tax Relief Program. The more than 60-year-old program was previously called the Elderly and Disabled Tax Rebate Program and has served seniors and people with disabilities.

“We understand the pressures that housing costs can place on our residents, and we’re proud to deliver on our commitment, in partnership with City Council, to expand this critical program to help offset housing costs for more Denver families,” Mayor Hancock said. “By bringing on a little more relief for our seniors, people with disabilities and our working families, we’re continuing the great progress in strengthening our neighborhoods and ensuring that all residents have access to opportunity and equity here in Denver.”

Since 1950, Denver has had a property tax refund program for people age 65 and over and people with a permanent disabling condition. The program provides a partial refund of property taxes or the equivalent rent. In 2018, the city announced it would add $2.5 million to the 2019 budget and would work with city council to amend the city’s ordinance to open the program to families who own a home.

“We all need a little help sometimes, and this program allows us to give our seniors, people living with disabilities, and now families a little more help affording their home and remaining a valued part of our community,” said Denver Human Services Executive Director Don Mares. “We will begin accepting applications on May 1 and look forward to providing this support to more people.”

The total budget for the program in 2019 is $5.6 million, up from $3.1 in 2018. The average amount paid to recipients is between $400 and $500 and Denver Human Services currently serves around 3,500 people a year. The applicant (or at least one full-time member of the household) must be eligible to receive public assistance. Depending on family size and homeowner status, the income limits range from $16,000 to $41,000.

For people who don’t qualify for the Denver Property Tax Relief Program there are other assistance programs that may be able to help. Residents should call 311 or visit denvergov.org/housing to get more information about mortgage assistance, rental and utility assistance and more.

Applying is free. The season for the new, expanded program and 2018 tax year is open from May 1 to April 30, 2020.

Applications for the 2017 tax year will be accepted until April 30, 2019.

Visit denvergov.org/propertytaxrelief or call 720-944-4DHS to get an application for the expanded program that can be submitted from May 1 to April 30, 2020.