Colorado housing assistance programs.

Federal government stimulus funds are flowing to Colorado to provide housing assistance. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will be providing tens of millions of dollars of grants and  stimulus funds, from Recovery Act funding, for homeless prevention, rent help, and general housing assistance. The state can now move forward with funding local charities and organizations that will be overseeing the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program.

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs will be administering the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). A total of three administrative subcontractors will be selected to implement the program throughout the state. There will be one subcontractor in each of Colorado’s three “Continuum of Care” regions, which include Pikes Peak, metro Denver, and one additional organization will cover the balance of the state.

Contractors who are selected will work in their respective regions to both create and design a process that partners with nonprofit agencies, charities such as the Salvation Army and United Way, homeless service providers, and other government housing authorities.

The local nonprofit organizations will be under the management of the contractor and they will be authorized to use the funds to target federal government HPRP resources toward homeless or at-risk households in Colorado for:

  • Short term to medium term rental assistance. The financial help provided by the state can range from 3 months up to 18 months.
  • Other housing assistance, including help with paying security deposits, utility bill payments and deposits, moving cost assistance, and the program can even provide hotel or motel vouchers.
  • Additional case management services can be offered, including stabilization services and housing relocation. Some details of this housing aid can include outreach, case management, free legal aid, housing search and placement, mediation, and credit repair and debt counseling.
  • Employment services are offered. While the government grants can help pay your housing costs or rent, Colorado is committed to ensuring families are self-sufficient, and this normally means a job or new skills.

While there will be only three subcontractors who are overseeing the program from a “high”, statewide level, as indicated a number of local and regional non-profits and charities will be process applications for homeless prevention funds. The homeless prevention funds will be in high demand, and unfortunately only a limited number of Colorado families will be able to receive support.

Do not wait to apply. Call the Colorado Department of Local Affairs at xxxxxx. Or it would be even better to call a local non-profit organization in your town or county. Applications may be processed at your local community action agency, Salvation Army Center, or a United Way supported organization. It is expected that thousands of families will benefit from the program.




By Jon McNamara

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