Emergency Assistance COVID-19
This program is now accepting applications.
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:
Apply for the ERA Program for rent and utility assistance. The application works 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).
This program is for Jefferson County residents economically impacted by COVID-19 needing short-term mortgage assistance.
To apply, complete an application online and submit the application with all the required documentation.
Applicants, or a member of the household, must be lawfully present in the United States. The household income limit is at or below $82,986 for all household sizes. This is a one-time benefit. Households previously receiving assistance through this program are not eligible to receive it again.
Applications must be accompanied by all the following required documentation:
- Applicant’s ID (Driver’s License, State ID, or Passport)
- Proof of Jefferson County Residency (mail with applicant’s name and address)
- Proof that household income is at or below $82.986. Submit proof of income for all household members age 18 and older; examples include:
- Pay Stubs
- Ledger Reports for Gig/Self Employment (e.g., Uber/Lyft, House Cleaning/Daycare Earning Statement)
- Social Security Statement/Award Letter
- Retirement/Pension Statement (if retired and actively drawing from accounts)
- Unemployment Statement (or Denial Letter)
- Rental Assistance Payments
- Rent/mortgage statement or eviction/foreclosure notice.
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.