Emergency Assistance COVID-19
In this time of national emergency, assistance is available to help with mortgage, rent, and utilities. The options below offer different levels of assistance based on a household’s situation, considering program and funding limitations and guidelines.
Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA)
This program is only available for renters. See the Mortgage Assistance tab for assistance with mortgages.
Unable to make rental payments because of financial hardships related to the COVID-19 pandemic? The ERA program may be able to assist with rent, utilities, deposit assistance, and internet (only available for renters). All applicants must meet income eligibility criteria and must have a documented loss of income due to COVID-19.
You may be eligible to receive:
- Help with past due rent and/or utilities.
- This ERA program does not cover mortgage assistance or utility assistance to people with mortgages. See the Mortgage Assistance tab for assistance with mortgages.
- Assistance includes payment of rent three months forward.
To be eligible, a household must meet the following criteria:
- Be obligated to pay rent on a residential dwelling (e.g., lease agreement, rental agreement, etc.) within Jefferson County or be seeking to rent a residential dwelling within the County.
- One or more individuals within the household has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Be homeless or one or more individuals within the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability (e.g., overdue rent or utilities); and
- The household has a household income at or below 80% of area median income, or AMI (defined below).
Number of People in Household
Maximum Income (80% AMI)
How to Apply:
Due to the high volume of applications received, the Jefferson County portal has been temporarily closed; however you can still apply for help. See the options below:
ALREADY SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION?
Applications that have already been submitted for assistance will be assigned to a reviewer in 4 – 6 weeks. If you are concerned about the wait, you may also apply to the State’s portal.
Apply to the State Portal here.
WHAT DO I DO IF I’VE ALREADY STARTED AN APPLICATION BUT HAVEN’T SUBMITTED IT YET?
Start a new application in the State Portal here.
RECERTIFICATIONS FOR ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE?
Log in to the Jefferson County portal here.
All applications accessed through any of the links above, work best in Google Chrome.
The application will ask questions such as your address, contact information, landlord contact information, lease and utility information, and income-related questions. The application will ask for information on all household members (name, birthdate, Social Security Number, etc.). Applicants will need to upload the following:
- Photo IDs for each adult (18 years old and older) in the household
- Proof of income, either 2020 Tax Returns for all adults in the household or the most recent 2 months proof of all income for all adults
- Proof of COVID impact
- A current, signed lease (if seeking rent assistance)
- Current utility bill(s) (if seeking utility assistance)
If you have questions or need help completing the application, submit a help request.
These Jefferson County partners also offer assistance and the same ERA applications. Program recipients may not receive assistance from other sources to cover the same expense.
Priority will be given to applicants with a household income of less than 50% of the Area Median Income and to applicants with one or more household members that have been unemployed for at least 90 days. For more information see the Jeffco ERA Policies and Procedures (PDF).
Emergency Mortgage Assistance
Please see Colorado Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program's website for more details.
If you need cash, food, or medical assistance visit PEAK.
Mile High United Way 2-1-1
Mile High United Way 2-1-1 Colorado is an additional option for receiving rent assistance and other resources. No matter where you live in Colorado, you can find information about community resources in your local area. You can call, text, live chat, or search the 2-1-1 database to get help. Dial three simple numbers – 2-1-1 – and reach Mile High United Way’s 2-1-1 Help Center, or text your zip code to 898-211 (message and data rates apply).
Jefferson County Community Resources
Jefferson County Community Resources includes resources for Food, Housing, Employment, Health Access, Mental Health, and much more.