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Rent assistance in Larimer County.

Low income residents facing eviction can explore rental assistance programs in Larimer County Colorado. A number of local non-profits, as well as state of Colorado government programs, can help qualified families and individuals in their time of need. Some funds may be offered to pay rent, security deposits, or help Larimer County individuals pay other bills to avoid homelessness and evictions.

Many of the programs are paid for by donations, the federal government or state of Colorado. Non-profit agencies can direct individuals to these programs, provide them information, and help them apply. Some organizations may also have some of their own direct cash grants or financial aid that they can distribute for paying rent.

Colorado Department of Human Services (303.866.5700) can help the working poor and unemployed with rent assistance, job training, emergency shelter, and government assistance such as section 8 vouchers. Case management for housing issues is offered too. It is often run in partnership with the United Way.

Neighbor to Neighbor at the Murphy Center (phone number (970) 494-9705) can provide rental assistance through a resource known as a Renter Program. This housing assistance administered program may include services such as Housing Search Assistance from HUD-certified counselors. Other components of it include Emergency Rent Assistance to keep a family in their home or apartment. Or there may be loans to be used for First Month's Rent Assistance. Call them to get information on the application process, and documentation that will be required.

Colorado Department of Local Affairs - Division of Housing (phone 303.866.2033) will offer individuals and residents of Larimer County information and applications for Section 8 housing vouchers for very low-income families, seniors, and the disabled.

Colorado Housing Assistance Corporation (phone 303.572.9445) is a non-profit that focuses on helping renters and others buy homes. They provide low interest loan programs as well as supportive financial counseling and advice/workshops. Some foreclosure help may also be offered.





Colorado Housing & Finance Authority helps families in Larimer County too. They offer resources for low-income renters and also home owners. Call 800.877.2432 303

Colorado Legal Services – While they do not offer funds for paying rent, Larimer County tenants can get free or low cost legal advice on landlord/tenant issues, eviction notices, and other support. Phone number 493-2891. They run some legal clinics, and people can even drop in on them to meet an attorney.

Fort Collins Salvation Army is located at 3901 S Mason St, Fort Collins, Colorado 80522-2145, phone number 970-207-4472. This non-profit charity agency provides rent help and money for utilities. All financial aid disbursed depends on current funding that is available, and clients range from seniors to the working poor. An appointment is also required if someone wants to look into financial assistance for utilities and/or rent.

Homelessness Prevention Initiative Administrative Office can be reached at (970) 407-7021. People facing an eviction may be able to qualify for paying a grant for a portion of their back rent, which may be offered at most once per year to the needy and/or low income. If an individual qualifies, payments will be sent directly to the applicants landlord and not to the clients.

Crossroads Ministry of Estes Park, Inc. is another option. Shelter and Housing Assistance is offered by this non-profit. Services can include payments for partial rent or utility bills, emergency short term housing or shelter, prescription assistance, gasoline, or other emergency housing. Help for other living needs may be considered by the agency. Address is 851 Dry Gulch Road, Estes Park, CO 80517, telephone 970-577-0610.

A second Housing Assistance Program is run by Neighbor to Neighbor. This service can offer rent assistance for the first month, which can assist with up to 450 dollars. Please note that this program does not pay for security deposits. Clients of this service can only receive first month's rent assistance once per lifetime.

While a number of conditions need to be met, typically qualified clients must be leaving an unstable living situation for one of stability, or they need to be currently homeless. In addition, another criteria is that their household income must be at least two times what their new rent amount will be.





People who do receive cash assistance will also be required to attend a one-on-one housing counseling session with a housing counselor or social worker to discuss credit repair, renters' rights, the terms of the new lease, and general budgeting skills. 565 N Cleveland Ave, Loveland, CO 80537, phone number is 970-663-4163

Larimer County Eviction Prevention Initiative may be able to provide emergency rental assistance to members of the community who face the loss of their housing or who are faced with imminent eviction. Funds are disbursed from a number of agencies and organizations, and everything is used for emergencies. There are six sites in Larimer County and Fort Collins that people can apply at for help from the Homelessness Prevention Initiative. The main address is 424 Pine St #102, Fort Collins, Colorado 80524, dial 970-407-7066.

Catholic Charities of Larimer has limited funds. They can arrange shelter for the homeless, and in some cases funds may be used for rent arrears or a deposit, including for utilities, or a new home. Any rental assistance is rare, but they may also have referrals. The number is 970-484-5010.




Larimer County shelters and low income housing

The charities and organization to call for transitional housing, shelter, or information on low income housing units are listed below. Some offer shelter in an emergency situation too.

  • CARE Housing, phone number is 282-7522
  • Fort Collins Housing Authority, dial 416-2925
  • Neighbor to Neighbor, call 484-7498
  • The Mission Catholic Charities runs a shelter for women and others. Phone 484-5010
  • Open Door Mission – shelter. Phone number 224-4302


By Jon McNamara

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