Colorado is ending its pandemic-era short-term rental assistance program that has helped 36,000 families in the state
Colorado is closing its pandemic-era short-term emergency rental assistance program.
The state’s Department of Local Affairs said in a statement that the federally-funded program has provided assistance to more than 36,000 families in the state, most of whom earn half or less than their area’s median income.
The application portal will close on November 15, and Coloradans who have not yet applied for assistance are encouraged to apply by the deadline. Previously submitted applications that are under review will continue to be processed until all program funds have been used up. Once the federal government has given the state all the money it had given for the program, the program will end.
The Department of Local Affairs aims to retain all existing rental benefits, but criteria and priorities are subject to change to ensure that pending applications will be paid. This means that those already receiving assistance may see changes in their benefits to make way for new applications approved.
“While this temporary funding and program is ending, 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 individualized assistance,” said an agreement with the state. Housing Recovery Manager Melissa Nereson, said in a statement.
The Colorado COVID-19 Aviation Defense Project launched a service earlier this year to provide support and technical assistance to people navigating the end of the program.
Residents of Denver, Larimer and Boulder counties can still apply for their respective counties’ rental assistance programs. The federal government provided separate out-of-state help to large counties to address housing concerns during the height of the pandemic.
Denver will likely end its program starting in April, however, after receiving another funding from the US Treasury, Melissa Thete, the Housing Sustainability Director of the Department of Housing Stability (HOST). told to Denverite,
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