Emergency rental assistance in Douglas County
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Douglas County residents behind in rent or utility payments due to COVID-19 financial impacts may be eligible for assistance through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
Douglas County will distribute $8.4 million in direct assistance using funds received from the U.S. Treasury Department through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021. These funds will be used to assist qualified Douglas County renters with back payments or future rent or utility bills through 2021.
Renters behind on rent or utility payments are encouraged to review eligibility qualifications and find more information on the application process at https://www.douglas.co.us/rent-assistance/.
“Colorado began 2020 with the nation’s fifth lowest unemployment rate, and now it has our country’s fourth highest unemployment rate. Many in our community are unemployed or have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19 and are struggling to pay their rent and utilities,” said Commissioner and Vice Chair Abe Laydon. “Douglas County wants to do everything possible to help our citizens get back on their feet.”
The County has partnered with five local nonprofits – Catholic Charities of Colorado, Douglas County Housing Partnership, Help & Hope Center, Manna Resource Center and The Rock Church to process applications and distribute payments directly to the landlord, property manager or utility provider.
“This federal program is intended to help the hard-working families of Douglas County whose incomes were detrimentally impacted by the COVID-19 crisis,” said Commissioner George Teal.
Please note this program is intended for rent and associated utility obligations only and may not be used by homeowners for mortgage payments or utility costs. For mortgage assistance, visit the Douglas County Housing Partnership at https://douglascountyhousingpartnership.org.