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Douglas County Colorado assistance programs.

Locate information on local Douglas County and Castle Rock programs that provide help with rent, utility and heating bills, and that offer emergency assistance. There are several charities and non-profits that people can turn to in their time of need.

Emergency funds for paying bills and expenses

Unemployed persons with dependents, the low income, and the disabled may be able to receive access to financial assistance programs for paying bills, expenses, and rent. These funds are available on a limited  emergency basis for paying utility bills, housing expenses, providing for medical supplies, and food. These cash grants  are made to qualified people on a case-by-case basis and are only given once a year per household. Call the Douglas County Department of Human Services. Phone number (303) 688-4825

Another local non-profit that can help people who are facing an eviction or disconnection of their utility service is the DETF Emergency Funds Program. This agency offers one-time financial help with paying for rent or utilities, gasoline vouchers, prescription medication assistance, emergency motel vouchers, and local bus tickets for transportation needs. The agency will also assist with other financial problems based on an individual basis. (303) 688-1114.




St. Vincent de Paul charity organization has information on regional assistance programs and they also partner with non-profits and other churches. They will also offer some of their own direct services, such as food and housing, however most of the support they provide is from referrals to other Douglas County resources. They provide groceries from the Castle Rock Food Bank. They also work with the county TASK for on heating bill assistance and health care. Other assistance includes a thrift store, free clothing, vouchers for household goods and more. Learn more on Saint Vincent assistance Douglas County.

Douglas County Adult Services – Offers family and individual financial assistance to individuals and families who are qualified. Also administers health care benefits, medications and food assistance. 4400 Castleton Ct, Castle Rock, Colorado 80109, Phone: (303) 688-4825





Salvation Army Centers - Douglas County - This is the nation’s leading non-profit charity organization. Several social services and emergency financial assistance programs are offered. Some cash grants may be offered for living expenses such as rent, heating/energy bills, food, and medications. Other programs in Douglas County can include free food, meals, or gently used clothing, such as winter coats. Or inquire about shelter or short term transition housing. A focus is on low income families, the unemployed, children, and elderly. Please donate or volunteer as well, if you can. Learn more.

The Douglas/Elbert Task Force can offer very limited help paying rent and/or utilities. They may occasionally have motel or hotel vouchers. The agency will also assist with other basic needs and problems based on an individual, one on one basis. Address is 1638 Park St., Castle Rock, Colorado 80109. Call (303) 688-1114.

Social Services is the main government affiliated organization in the county. They process applications for public aid programs and benefits, ranging from food stamps to disability. A wide range of resources are available from DSS in Douglas County, and others include cash grants from Colorado Works/TANF, and they also offer emergency assistance for paying heating bills from LIHEAP. For more details, locate public assistance in Douglas County.

Volunteers of America can assist Douglas County residents. While the focus is on offering housing assistance, other aid may be provided too. This ranges from shelter to transitional housing and grants to pay for back rent or a portion of a security deposit. They also provide free food or home delivered meals in Castle Rock and other areas, often in partnership with churches and non-profits. Other support is for case management and self-sufficiency. Read Volunteers or America in Colorado assistance programs.

Payday, title, and non-profit loans - Get help with paying bills by borrowing money. Fees, costs, and interest rates will vary. But charities and private companies will lend cash for covering a variety of expenses, and borrowers with various credit backgrounds can apply. More on emergency loans.

Parker Senior Activity Center, Inc. is for the elderly and senior citizens in Douglas County. They serve meals, can refer people to health care, offer transportation and other support. 10675 Longs Way, Parker, CO 80138. Call (303) 841-5370.




Children, the working poor, and elderly in Douglas County may struggle during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Therefore several charities and other agencies operate holiday assistance programs. Clients, if they are eligible and enroll in time, can be given free toys, clothes, or Christmas meals too. Find holiday assistance in Douglas County.

Rental assistance programs

If you need rent help, DETF Emergency Fund may be able to help here as well. The agency offers qualified individuals with one-time help as a form of rental assistance if there are available funds or money to be distributed. Some clients may be issued a loan as a form of pament for their rent to stop an eviction. (303) 688-1114.

Food programs in Douglas County

A couple charities and non-profits to turn to for food and groceries includes:

  • Food Bank - Douglas/Elbert Task Force - Provides limited emergency food and groceries to low income persons living in Castle Rock and Douglas County.
  • Cherry Hills Community Church - This church distributes free food to residents of the church's boundaries. (303) 791-4100.
  • Or click here for more food banks in Douglas County and Castle Rock Colorado.

Money for utility and heating bill assistance

The LEAP program - Douglas County Department of Human Services, (303) 688-4825, provides cash grants and other forms of financial assistance. the money is used to help those pay for home heating bills for qualified low income Douglas County residents. In addition, information on prevention of utility shut-offs and weatherization programs is also available from this agency.



By Jon McNamara

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