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Arapahoe County Colorado assistance programs.

Everything from housing assistance (grants to help with rent, deposits, utility bills or mortgages) as well as free food, medical care, school supplies and transportation (such as gas vouchers) is available in Arapahoe County as well as Aurora. Find how to apply for financial help from churches, government DHS services or charities in the region.

Low income and struggling households can get other support as well. Find details on other assistance programs for employment, debts, legal needs, Christmas gifts, and more. Or even learn how to get free money from nationwide government programs or non-profits in Aurora and the county.

Rent help

A number of non-profits, charities, and government programs offer financial help for a variety of housing services, including: rental assistance. There may also be grants to loans to help pay security and utility deposits, utility bill payments, moving costs, and housing search as well as replacement costs. Some of the agencies to call include.

  • Catholic Charities 720-377-1313 (must call between 8:00 am and 8:45 am for appointment)
  • Aurora Interchurch Task Force – 303-360-0260
  • Interfaith Community Services – 303-789-0501
  • Salvation Army (Englewood) - (303) 761-6111
  • Interfaith Community Service for Seniors – 303-789-0007

Most of the non-profits do have limited funding, and only a certain number of people will be able to receive emergency rent help. Many locations also offer referrals as well.

Non-profit rental assistance - Charities, social service groups, churches, and other organizations may distribute financial assistance for paying rent or housing expenses. The terms and application process will vary by agency and program, however thousands receive help every year. They may even give grants to pay for storage costs or moving expenses. Read more on rent assistance in Arapahoe County.




Emergency financial assistance for bills and social services in Arapahoe County

The Arapahoe County Department of Human Services offers several financial and emergency assistance programs that can aid help low-income individuals and families, including the elderly, children, and the disabled. Some of the services provided include Food Assistance, LEAP (utility assistance November through April), rental assistance, Colorado Works/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), General Assistance and more. (303) 636-1130. More public assistance Arapahoe County.

The Salvation Army offer both limited rent, heating and utility bill assistance for Littleton, Aurora, and Arapahoe County residents if they are struggling in the challenging economy. Other services for qualified seniors and/or poor residents include free food, meals, and transitional housing.

The Salvation Army also gives away from items to low income families, immigrants, and those who are struggling. There may be free Christmas toys from Angel Tree and vouchers for items such as clothing or school supplies. This is based on donations. Locations include:

  • Englewood Salvation Army – 303-761-6111
  • Centennial Salvation Army - 303-290-9043
  • Aurora Salvation Army – 303-364-1965

Several other programs are available. The Salvation Army may even pass out free furniture or operate Meals on Wheels in the county. Click here Salvation Army Arapahoe County area.

Inter-Faith Community Services provides services for a limited area. If you qualify for help, you may be able to obtain financial assistance for bills and expenses, clothing bank, access to a food bank, and housing assistance. (303) 789-0501.

The Urban Ministries of DenUM provides help, referrals, and support in Arapohoe County. Qualified low income families can get assistance in the form of free groceries, SNAP food stamp or LIHEAP heating bill applications. Other referrals may be offered to no interest loan programs for paying security deposits or rent on affordable housing. The non-profit also runs a clinic in the area for coordinating basic health care check ups and care. More on emergency assistance from Urban Ministries.





Aurora Interchurch Task Force - Basic needs, such as rent assistance, funds for heating and utility bills, food, bus tokens, and clothing may be provided persons living in the City of Aurora. (303) 360-0260

Students under the age of 18 can get basic needs met too. This will be for ones from low income households in the county. they can of course benefit from USDA programs such as free school lunches. But there is other support as well. Thee main one being school supplies, even including items such as free backpacks for students.

One leading organization for those who need help is people can turn to Arapahoe County Human Resources Department at 303-676-1170. They can also get referrals from that organization on other programs for financial aid or free government grant money.

The department takes applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP as well as weatherization. These are run by the Arapahoe County. Human Resources division administers it. This is a seasonal assistance program available from Nov. 1 - April 30 to help low-income families and individuals with paying their their heating bills. Call (303) 636-1170.

Resources to prevent homelessness are administered from McKinney-Vento affiliated agencies. Whether it is a non-profit or government agency, various assistance programs are available to both low income tenants as well as homeowners.

In a crisis, money may be issued for rent expenses or paying moving costs. If unpaid utilities are causing a potential eviction, then grants may help with water, heating, or energy bills. There is also priority for families with children (including single moms) and veterans in the community, with the elderly close behind. Continue with Arapahoe County eviction and rehousing help.

Low income as well as free Christmas programs are available in Arapahoe County. They are more regional type services for struggling families, with a focus on children. Whether a household needs a free gift from an Adopt a Family program, or a box of food, charities can help during the holidays. Click more information on free Christmas help in Arapahoe County and Denver region.

Residents of the city only may get emergency help for their sewer or water bills. Donations are collected from across the county, and all funds go towards helping to stop disconnections. Applications are typically given to the working poor, senior citizens, and or disabled among others. More on the City of Aurora Water Cares assistance program.





Parishes, churches, and the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul all offer support. Most of it is around material aid - free food, meals, clothes, vouchers, etc. Some of the SVDP parishes may offer some emergency funds for bills though including homeless or hunger prevention. Or they give counseling, ministries, referrals, as well as a wide variety of other resources to the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged. More on SVDP Arapahoe County assistance programs.

Free weatherization is offered in Arapahoe County. This program provides low and moderate income-eligible households in Arapahoe County with free energy conservation measures to help them save money. The government benefit will help them conserve energy on home cooling and heating bills.

It is a government funded program that oversees the process of installing energy conservation measures and energy-efficient appliances and upgrades in a home to help the homeowner achieve long-term energy and cost-savings. In addition, Weatherization assistance can also improve the comfort of a home by helping to moderate indoor temperatures during the changing seasons. Individuals and families who have weatherized their homes tell us they save anywhere from 10 to 30% on their energy usage and have seen their energy bills decrease by up to 30%. Dial 303-636-1982.

Foreclosure prevention in Arapahoe County and Aurora is available as well. The countywide Home Ownership Assistance Program provides foreclosure prevention, and and also various programs to help people buy a home, such as down payment assistance. Call 303-202-6340 for foreclosure prevention, or 303-572-9445 for first time home buyer assistance, or click here for additional mortgage programs.

Financial aid for veterans, including from charities, is available for a crisis. The Arapahoe County Veterans Service Office (phone 303-738-8045) will help residents and/or their families who served in the Armed Services of the United States to obtain any and all benefits and access to government programs for which they may be eligible. For example, click here to learn about veteran rent assistance programs.

General financial assistance programs

Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Workforce Center which provides a variety of no-cost services to job seekers and businesses. The free program known as Arapahoe/Douglas Works! serves as a critical resource to connect people and businesses in both Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, and throughout the Denver/Aurora metropolitan region. Contact at 303-636-1160.

Senior Resources - Arapahoe County provides numerous services to assist the elderly and seniors in maintaining a healthy, active and independent life. The following resources and services are just a few of those available to assist senior residents, and there may be food, transportation, and more, as indicated below.

Arapahoe County’s Senior Transportation Program provides seniors transportation to medical appointments, grocery stores, senior dining centers, and food banks. All buses are small, wheelchair-accessible vehicles, and are clearly marked with the First Ride logo to help seniors know when their ride has arrived. Transportation is supported by Older American’s Act Funding and Arapahoe County. Donations are welcome. For more information or to schedule a trip, please call 720-540-5566.







The Homemaker and Chore Services Programs help seniors by providing free, light housekeeping and assistance with heavier chores. The Homemakers Program services include general routine light cleaning on a biweekly basis for 1.5 hours. Services provided by Chore Services include major household cleaning, fall or spring yard work, washing outdoor first-floor windows, or organizing projects, and other services. These programs are not able to provide pet, personal or health care. For eligibility information for this assistance program, please call 303-738-8080.

Free or low cost clothing closets as well as furniture banks provide basic needs to the community. If a resident is not qualified for a voucher, then they can shop at a thrift store. The items available from each center vary, but Arapahoe County families may be given winter attire, suits or dresses for work, or even free school supplies for their children.

The free furniture banks may give out appliances, computers, beds, mattresses and other goods too. Clients can also be given household items or parents can receive diapers for a newborn baby. Click more information on free clothes, furniture and school supplies Arapahoe County.

Housing, referrals and food from VOA is for the low income. They operate emergency shelters and transitional apartments. Other support includes food, groceries, and meals. The Service Coordination Program addresses self-sufficiency, such as employment and credit repair, and VOA also can refer clients to financial or public aid. They have information on grant programs for bills or back rent and linkage to other agencies in Arapahoe County. Continue with VOA in Colorado.

Arapahoe County loans, both for emergencies and everyday bills, are available. Lenders provide cash to people in need of short or long term help. Options range from community action agencies to payday and pawn stores or check cashing companies. Locate loans in Aurora.

CSU Extension – Colorado State University Extension in Arapahoe County provides citizens with educational programming and information on gardening and lawn care, food nutrition and food safety, agriculture, youth development and more.

For Section 8 and other Rental Housing Assistance contact the following. They are the regional PHA - public housing authorities.

  • Englewood Housing Authority 303-761-6200
  • Littleton Housing Authority 303-794-9608
  • Aurora Housing Authority 720-251-2100

Social workers also direct the low income, immigrants, disabled and others to public assistance. there are state and federal benefits for Arapahoe County families. This may be Medicaid, free school lunches, cash aid, low income apartments and many others. Find a list of public aid.





Jewish Family Service of Colorado operates in Arapahoe County Colorado as well. Limited financial aid for paying bills or rent may be available in a crisis. Funds, grants, and other support may be paid out, with some assistance available regardless of the applicant's religion. Other services may be free food, help with locating a job, Home-based Services for seniors and the elderly, and other support. The non-profit supports thousands of families per year. More on Jewish Family Services of Colorado programs.

Food pantries, distribution centers and free food

Smoky Hill Vineyard - Provides a food pantry for anyone in need in the community. Aurora Colorado. (303) 690-2520.

Aurora Alliance Church - Can provide food up to 3 times per year. (303) 751-6971

Grace Point Community Church - Littleton Colorado (303) 798-6387. A local food pantry that focuses on people in the Metro area.

New Life Fellowship Foursquare Church - Food bank and groceries are offered to individuals and families who need food assistance. (303) 759-9919

Other churches and charities operate food banks. Not only may a free box of groceries be given, but personal hygiene items, applications to SNAP food stamps, baby formula, holiday meals, and more may be available. Find more free food pantries in Arapahoe County Colorado.

Discounted prescription medications

The Arapahoe County Prescription Discount Card was created in a partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo). It is free to use and obtain. The card can help people save a substantial amount of money on their prescription drugs. Any person who lives in the county can join this program.

Even if you currently have health insurance for prescription medications, you may still be able to benefit from the prescription discount card. There are no income limits or restrictions in place either. The card may save you money on prescription drugs and medications that your existing plan does not cover. Everyone is eligible for aid. There are no income and age requirements. Learn more on the NACO prescription discount card, or contact Community Resources at 303-738-8040 to learn more.

Free dental and health care in Arapahoe County as well as Medical supplies

Metro Community Provider Network - Medical care is provided on an outpatient basis to patients who are medically indigent. Call (303) 202-2911.





There are many other health and dental care programs in Arapahoe County. Some help the poor, others assist the uninsured. They may give medications, free dental cleanings, immunizations, or general check ups. For those that need it, find healthcare for the uninsured.

Friends of Man provides assistance to people in need of help. They are involved in referring professionals and others, and people may contact Friends of Man for assistance for their clients, patients or students. The non-profit may help with prescriptions, clothing, hearing aids, glasses, food, wheelchairs, groceries, prostheses, dentures and some other medical type needs. People in Aurora and Arapahoe County Colorado can receive aid. (303) 798-2342. Applications must be submitted by a professional on behalf of a client.


By Jon McNamara

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