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Assistance programs Jefferson County Colorado.

Find financial help for paying bills, rent, or mortgage payments as well as utility costs in Jefferson County Colorado. There are charities, non-profit organizations, churches and government agencies that people can turn to for help, including free stuff such as food, clothes or school supplies as well as emergency financial assistance.

A number of resources are available for low income families. These groups give financial help or grant money to people in Golden, Lakewood, and other areas of Jefferson County Colorado. Read more information on who to contact as well as details on the assistance programs.

Emergency financial assistance programs

Some of the organizations that can help include Catholic Charities. No matter what your religion, they can provide emergency aid, including assistance with paying for basic needs for families and individuals, rent help to prevent an eviction, shelter for homeless and much more. They try to help people who have faced a recent hardship, such as a job loss or medical emergency. Some of the other programs they offer include help with paying for emergency food, diapers, personal care items such as soap and shampoo, tokens for work-related travel and transportation, or grants to help pay your rent, a prescription medication, or a heating or utility bill. 303-597-0464.

The Jewish Family Service of Colorado also helps people of all faiths and religions. The free services and aid that they offer will range from counseling to emergency financial assistance, from distributing and providing supplemental food to the needy to providing in-home care for people with cancer, HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses and medical conditions, and more. Call (303) 597.5000 to learn more about your options and assistance programs. Click Jewish Services in Colorado.

Salvation Army - This non-profit charity organizations administers several programs. They offer low income, disadvantaged youths, elderly, poor, disabled and displaced families with day care services, drug treatment, shelter, free food, and emergency assistance. People in need of help can receive money to pay their rent, for an utility bill, medication and even from time to time some cash that can be used towards a mortgage payment.

There is also basic needs from the Salvation Army. The main ones are free Christmas toys, Thanksgiving dinners, furniture, and school supplies. Or shop at the Family Store in Littleton. Call the Jefferson County Salvation Army at (303) 979-0764. Or more on Salvation Army Jefferson County assistance programs.




Left Out Mom's Association provides information and referrals to non-profits and charities. Among other services and information, they offer advocacy services for rent payments, housing, food banks, groceries, clothing, emergency shelter, medical services, legal services and aid, nutritional services, and also counseling for both individual and family issues. Phone (303) 463-1580.

Mountain Resource Center, Inc. (dial (303) 838-7552) is a local non-profit that runs programs that offer limited financial assistance for paying rent, heating and energy bills, mortgage help, and other housing aid is offered to anyone in need of emergency financial assistance in the Mountain area only. Find additional Colorado mortgage assistance programs.

Evergreen Christian Outreach - Get limited financial assistance for rent, utilities, and other forms of financial aid. They also address employment from an enrichment center, help clients apply for benefits such as food stamps, and more. Telephone is (303) 670-1796, or find programs from Evergreen Christian Community.

Jeffco Action Center (dial (720.215.4850) offers a multitude of resources with referrals to limited financial assistance programs, when funding is available. The programs focused on low income persons in Jefferson County. Appointments are needed.

Applicants are given free food, clothes, and personal items upon intake. Then an assessment takes place with additional mid to long term support given if qualified and funding is offered. Financial assistance may be available for paying heating and utility bills (call 720-407-6674), rent (call 720-407-6712), free food, and more.





This organization is really the counties non-profit community action agency. The Action Center can provide qualified low income families with housing and heating bill assistance applications, including to LIHEAP as noted below. Renters can get eviction prevention support as part of mediation, and also learn about emergency rental assistance, loans for housing expenses and shelter programs. Referrals to a number of free food pantries are available in Jefferson County, including meals for seniors and snacks for children.

Many other assistance programs are run as well. Continue on The Action Center assistance programs.

Labor's Community Agency, Inc. is an agency that offers comprehensive assistance, including food programs, furniture, limited rent assistance, clothing, household goods, and limited work-related and job finding expenses to low income persons living in Jefferson County and Golden Colorado if funds are available. Dial (303) 744-6169.

Arvada City Government Community Development Department – The government agency may be able to arrange financial assistance to help pay Xcel bills, and the aid is offered to Arvada residents at the risk of having their electric and/or gas service disconnected.  They partner with the Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) to make this happen. 8001 Ralston Rd, Arvada, Colorado 80002, (720) 898-7496

Seniors' Resource Center - Emergency funds are available on a case-by-case basis to people who live in the mountain region of Jefferson County Colorado. 3227 Chase St, Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80212, (303) 235-6923

Jefferson County Human Services – This may be the best place to call for information on, or help, with many needs that families are faced with. One service they administer is the Low Income Energy Assistance (LEAP) program, which can help pay heating bills. However, that is not all they offer.

They run some government food programs and can direct people to pantries. Information is available on local Jefferson County community clinics for health and dental needs. They can also provide guidance on child care, employment centers, and basically a wide range of programs for the low income and people facing poverty. 900 Jefferson County Pkwy, Ste 130, Golden, Colorado 80401, (303) 271-1388. Read more.

Energy and heating bill assistance is provided by regional non-profit organizations, senior centers, and your Department of Human Services. The focus is on helping lower income Jefferson County area families as well as senior citizens stay warm during the winter and helping them keep their heat on. More heating bill assistance.

Metro West Housing Solutions – They offer Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV), which is a resource that provides rental assistance to help very low income families live in affordable, safe and decent housing of their choice. They partner with public housing authorities to distribute aid to those who need help. 575 Union Blvd, Suite 100, Lakewood, Colorado 80228, call (303) 987-7580

Emergency eviction and foreclosure assistance is arranged. Many non-profits and the Department of social services arrange this. Low income families with a vacate notice, or homeowners with a foreclosure filing from their lender, can apply for help. Receive everything from grants for rent or water bills to legal counseling or rapid rehousing services. more on homeless prevention services in Jefferson County.





Short term housing and long term placement - Across the Jefferson County region are charities, non-profits, and churches that run both emergency shelters and long term transitional housing units. Residents can use a number of services, including, but not limited to, job search assistance, receive free meals, clothing and more. Also learn about rental and deposit programs when it is time to leave. More.

Cash loans can be used for paying bills in an emergency. Lenders around Jefferson County, including Catholic Charities as well as payday, pawnshops, car title companies and others provide assistance. Families, including those with poor credit, can borrow a few dollars or hundreds to make it through a hardship. Find Denver area emergency loan programs.

Urban Ministries of Jefferson County and the city provides assistance, job training, and other support, namely referrals. They operate a free food pantry as well as community clinic. A major focus is on helping unemployed and very low income families apply for food stamps, utility bill assistance, and other benefits. Or get referrals to eviction prevention and/or non-profits that may offer grants to help pay rent. More information.

Jefferson County clothing closets and household goods are available, often for free, to low income families. Centers will provide professional work attire to the unemployed or free winter clothing to children and the working poor. Other items provide may be school supplies, shoes, diapers, and free Christmas gifts or toys for children. Thousands of residents from the region are supported by these centers every year. Click more details.

Family Tree, Inc. – They offer rental and housing assistance. One program is the Rapid Rehousing service. This is a Family Tree program that provides emergency low income housing and rental assistance to families in the community. This rent assistance offered will be provided to families with past due rent including eviction notices. They can also refer individuals to other local assistance programs. 3805 Marshall St, Ste 201, Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033, (303) 467-2604

Rent help and housing assistance - Families who are faced with housing issues such as an eviction notice, lack of funds for paying a security deposit, or tenant who have a difficult landlord have a number of non-profits and government programs to apply at for help. Thousands of individuals receive rental assistance every year. Find a listing of Jefferson County rent assistance programs.

Coalition for the Homeless of Jefferson County is part of the statewide agency. Families or individuals facing eviction or that need a place to live may be clients or found eligible for aid. Services range from transitional housing to access to government benefits or referrals to loans. There is even medical care, prescriptions, and dental services available. Other services include Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, as well as toys or clothes for children. Students can look into back to school programs and goods, such as notebooks or clothing. The goal is to help stabilize the individual's housing and living situation. Learn more.







Adams County holiday programs - Using donations from individuals and businesses, people can apply for free Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas assistance. While in high demand, churches and non-profits try to offer a gift or food basket. Others provide companionship. Read more.

Legal advice in Jefferson County

Colorado Legal Services is one organization that individuals and families can turn to for support with civili legal cases. They offer free legal services to low-income and other persons who live in the metropolitan Denver area for civil actions or special proceedings. Some of the programs they offer can deal with eviction proceeding, mortgage and foreclosure prevention, utility disconnections, and more. Click here or dial 303.837.1321 for more information on the legal program.

Free food aid and other support in Jefferson County

The following provide food, groceries, vouchers, fresh fruit and vegetables, and other forms of assistance.  Call Green Mountain Christian Church ((303) 985-0754) which provides boxes of food. Wheat Ridge Colorado based Carpenter's Cupboard provides food up to 7 times per year. Dial (303) 431-8295. Another option is Christian Action Guild, which is located in Golden Colorado. Phone number (303) 279-5674 to reach a food pantry that is provided for individuals and families who have a referral and a serious need for help. Arvada Community Food Bank ((303) 424-6685) operates a soup kitchen and food pantry too.

Residents have additional food banks and meal sites to try as well. Some of these locations can also facilitate low income housing, child care, holiday meals, and other resources. Find a more extensive listing of food pantries in Jefferson County Colorado.

Help with dental services

Children who are up to age 18, from low-income to moderate income, working families can get free dental services, including cleanings, check ups, and surgeries from Kids in Need Dentistry. Another goal of the program is to provide affordable orthodontic treatment and education to financially challenged families. (303) 733-3710. Learn more on dental assistance programs.

Programs for school aged children

The Denver Public Schools - Pupil Assistance Fund, Inc., can help children who come from struggling families or who are facing a hardship. The organization can provide low-income DPS pupils with emergency aid, including clothing, winter coats, eye exams as well as prescription glasses, behavioral health services, school supplies, and more.

Credit counseling

Community Credit Counseling Services (call (303) 233-2773) offers budgeting, debt management plans, foreclosure prevention and counseling, and other methods to help people deal with financial problems.





Free health clinic

Jefferson County Department of Health and Environment is a local health clinic that offers services to adults of all ages in Jefferson County. Provides immunizations, physical exams, cancer screenings, checkups, health education, and health promotion. Services are provided on a sliding scale fee to low income. (303) 239-7078.

Find more clinics in Jefferson County Colorado. The centers focus on low income and underinsured residents in the community.


By Jon McNamara

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