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Denver receives nearly $22M in federal funds to help with rental assistance

The U.S. Treasury provided funds to help Denver residents affected by COVID-19 cover rent, utilities and other housing related expenses.

DENVER — The City and County of Denver on Tuesday announced it received $22 million from the U.S. Department of Treasury to provide emergency rental assistance.

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The money will be used to help families unable to pay rent, utilities and other related home energy costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The money will be administered by Denver's Department of Housing Stability (HOST) and will compliment Denver's locally funded Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance program, said the City of Denver.  

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Individuals earning $54,590, as well as families earning up to $78,500 with at least one member who qualifies for unemployment, has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19 all qualify.

The city indicated individuals or families experiencing the following will be prioritized:

  • Risk of experiencing homelessness.
  • Unemployed for 90 days prior to application.
  • Household with income below $39,950 (for single-person household) or $50,000 (for a household of four).

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City and County of Denver residents currently seeking rental and utility assistance may call 3-1-1 and select option 6.

Callers will be asked to provide the following information:

    • Proof of household income.
    • Proof of City and County of Denver residency.
    • Proof of rent, mortgage and/or utilities due or in arrears.
    • Information about how COVID-19 caused/contributed to the housing crisis (job loss, potential eviction, and/or shutoff notice).

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