The Colorado Apartment Association (CAA) has partnered with the Resident Relief Foundation (RRF) to create a financial relief fund that will directly help Colorado residents who are struggling to pay their rent because of coronavirus-related job or income loss or illness.
Colorado Springs residents can apply for direct assistance for rent and utilities using funds received from the U.S. Treasury through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021. The City received $14 million in these Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) funds to assist qualified Colorado Springs renters with rent and utility arrears (back rent owed) and current rent and utility costs. Qualified renters and landlords on behalf of their tenants in Colorado Springs can apply to get rental and utility arrears covered as far back as April 2020, as well as up to three months’ rent in advance on their residence.
Eligible applicants must: 1) qualify for unemployment or have experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due directly or indirectly to COVID-19; 2) demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and 3) have a total household income at or below 80 percent of the area median income. Visit the website for more information and how to apply.
From the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. If you or your tenants have been unable to pay rent due to financial hardship caused by COVID-19, you may be eligible for rental assistance from the state.
From the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. The Colorado Department of Local Affairs' Division of Housing has launched the Property Owner Preservation program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to allocate up to $20 million in federal CARES Act funds for rental assistance to landlords on behalf of their tenants.
From the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Many cities and states are establishing rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. This tracker links to news reports of various city, state and philanthropic rental assistance programs that are being established during the pandemic.
From MassAccess and the Suffolk University Law School's Legal Innovation and Technology Lab. Use this form to see if you are covered by the CDC Eviction Moratorium and to produce a declaration to share with your landlord if you are.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today issued an interim final rule in support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s eviction moratorium. The CFPB’s rule requires debt collectors to provide written notice to tenants of their rights under the eviction moratorium and prohibits debt collectors from misrepresenting tenants’ eligibility for protection from eviction under the moratorium.
This declaration is for tenants, lessees, or residents of residential properties who are covered by the CDC’s order temporarily halting residential evictions (not including foreclosures on home mortgages) to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Under the CDC’s order you must provide a copy of this declaration to your landlord, owner of the residential property where you live, or other person who has a right to have you evicted or removed from where you live. Each adult listed on the lease, rental agreement, or housing contract should complete this declaration. Unless the CDC order is extended, changed, or ended, the order prevents you from being evicted or removed from where you are living through June 30, 2021.
From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. If you're concerned about how to pay your mortgage or rent due to the coronavirus national emergency, read on for information on what to do now, and what your options are for mortgage and rent payment relief.
Agency Order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Eviction moratorium from September 4, 2020 thru June 30, 2021; tenants must fall under specific requirements & present a signed declaration of requirements to their landlord (can be found on the last page of the notice).
— Have an income of $198,000 or less for couples filing jointly, or $99,000 for single filers.
— Demonstrate they have sought government assistance to make their rental payments.
— Affirmatively declare they are unable to pay rent because of COVID-19 hardships.
— Affirm they are making their best effort to make partial payments.
— Affirm they are likely to become homeless if they are evicted.