Apply for Colorado’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The state on Thursday announced that it will no longer accept applications after November 15.
COLORADO, USA – A pile of money used to house people during the pandemic is nearing an end.
On Thursday, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) announced the state’s Emergency Rent Assistance Program, funded by federal funds, Will stop accepting new applications After November 15 at 11:59 pm
After the application is closed, the state will continue to review and process submitted requests until “all program funding has been provided and distributed.”
The program will continue to pay out funds already provided, and while the state is currently reviewing thousands of pending applications, it says the funds will also be awarded.
Since the program’s launch, DOLA said, Coloradans have received approximately $300 million in rental and utility assistance through the program. Dola says the program served more than 36,000 families in Colorado.
“The [Emergency Rental Assistance] Here in Colorado the program has been a tremendous success. It has kept thousands of people in their homes,” said Zach Newman, co-founder COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project.
The organization provides legal assistance to renters facing eviction, and connects families with rental assistance through the group’s Colorado Sustainability Fund.
“I think what we’re concerned about now is what happens when this equipment isn’t available? Families that haven’t been able to pay their rent because they had an emergency – they Was towed, got a flat tire, got an unexpected medical bill. What if that payment structure is no longer accessible?”
“While this temporary funding and program ends, Colorado’s Department of Local Affairs will continue to work with our state and other contracting partners as we support those in need of further personal assistance,” said Melissa Nereson , Housing Recovery Manager for DOLA, in a press release Thursday.
Even after this program ends, some Colorado jurisdictions, including Denver, Boulder, and Larimer counties, have their own programs that can provide rental assistance.
DOLA said those federal funds are administered and spent at different rates by each jurisdiction. They encourage people to check with their county directly.
The state said that since December 2021, DOLA has received an average of 3,500 applications per month for the emergency rent assistance program, with the last notable “spike” in October 2021 — with 4,200 applications that month.
Earlier this month, the program stopped accepting requests from people wanting to renew their assistance (re-certification). The state is only accepting applications from fresh, first time applicants till the mid-November cut-off.
Epidemic shook the entire housing industryAs prices rise for both landlords and renters, and housing supply remains a significant challenge.
A report by the Colorado Apartment Association published in August found Metro Denver’s rent prices increased 12.6% year-on-year, with a median rent price of $1,860. Other studies have found similar double digit percentage increases Denver Metro fares prices.
The pandemic-era eviction moratorium ended last year. Since then, the association says, the eviction rate has “stagnated” and remains within a range the CAA calls “20 years normal.”
Citing data from Denver County Courts and the Colorado Judicial Branch, the association reports 3,871 eviction filings across the state in September 2022, down slightly from 3,921 in August.
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