Homelessness Resources

Resources for Those Experiencing Homelessness

ACCESS Housing: Shelter and rental assistance for families with children in Adams County.
6978 Colorado Blvd., Commerce City | 303.289.7078 

Adams County Coalition for the Homeless: Visit acchonline.com/covid19 for local news and resouces for people experiencing homelessness.

Adams County Dayworks Program: Supportive employment pilot program: same day pay, on-site support, employment services.
4430 S. Adams County Pkwy., Brighton | 303.830.6885
Adams County Emergency Food Bank: Emergency food boxes to families in crisis. Please call ahead. Open Wednesday – Friday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
7111 E. 56th Ave., Commerce City | 720.878.3563
Adams County Food Assistance Program 
7190 Colorado Blvd., Commerce City | 303.227.2800
Adams County Severe Weather Activation Program (SWAP): Program activated during certain weather scenarios.
231 N Main St., Brighton | 720.523.6646 
Almost Home: Shelter and rental assistance for families with children in Adams County.
231 N. Main St., Brighton | 303.655.2160
Aurora Day Resource Center: Housing assistance, employment services, financial literacy, and other resources.
13387 E. 19th Pl., Aurora | 303.343.7808 
 
Aurora Warms the Night: Plan activated during certain weather scenarios.
10229 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora | 303.343.0537

Cold Weather Care: Seasonal and rotational shelter for single adults and families with children, operates October to April.
10451 Huron St., Northglenn | INTAKE LINE: 303.847.9072

Comitis Crisis Center: Overnight shelter for single adults and families with children.
2178 Victor St., Aurora | 303.317.8990
Homeless Veteran Hotline: Connect veterans to services and housing options.
3836 York St., Denver | 303.294.5600
Hunger Free Colorado: Connects families and individuals to food resources. Please call ahead. Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
1355 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 201, Denver | 855.855.4626
National Alliance to End Homelessness: Preparing for a coronavirus outbreak is on the minds of many homelessness assistance providers and system leaders, especially how it may impact service delivery. As the field prepares for a potential coronavirus outbreak, resources from partners are now available to help prepare for the impact of COVID-19.

Housing Provider Resources

CDC Resources to Support People Experiencing HomelessnessThis CDC article includes guidance for people experiencing unsheltered homelessness, steps for homeless and meal providers, and detailed guidance for service providers.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Your FacilityThis CDC article lists everyday steps for cleaning, steps when someone is sick, and considerations for employers.
Colorado COVID-19 Housing Policy ScorecardAs of April 30, Colorado's governor has prohibited actors like landlords, banks, and sheriffs from initiating or enforcing evictions and charging late fees. Additionally, the governor's executive order requires that landlords notify tenants in writing about whether tenants' homes are covered by the eviction moratorium in the federal CARES Act. Without further statewide action and supportive measures to address rental debt, however, Colorado could see a surge of evictions in the weeks or months following the pandemic
Colorado COVID Relief FundGrants are available to nonprofit organizations, local government, school districts, and small businesses who are: serving areas of the state with limited nonprofit capacity and/or serving a community need resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. Through this Fund, eligible community-based organizations across Colorado may receive a general operating grant of up to $25,000. Visit their website for more information.
COVID-19 Prevention and Response for Homeless Providers: Daily Resource DigestThe recent emergence of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) calls for enhanced cooperation between public health authorities, homeless service systems, and other partners at the local level. To support these partnerships and the vulnerable households served, relevant federal agencies are issuing guidance from subject matter experts on lessons learned from previous response efforts to infectious diseases. This link has a comprehensive list of new and existing resources from HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) and their federal, state, and local partners. SNAPS will share daily updates highlighting new COVID-19 prevention and response resources targeted to homeless providers.
Department of Housing and Urban Development: Homelessness Resources Regarding COVID-19The recent emergence of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) calls for enhanced cooperation between public health authorities, homeless service systems, and other partners at the local level. HUD strongly encourages CoCs to contact their local public health departments, Healthcare for the Homeless agencies, and other local health partners to ensure the unique needs and opportunities related to the homeless service system are incorporated in plans to prevent and respond to infectious diseases like COVID-19. To support these partnerships and the vulnerable households served, relevant federal agencies are issuing guidance from subject matter experts on lessons learned from previous response efforts to infectious diseases.
Executive Order D 2020 044: Safer at HomeOn April 26, 2020, Governor Jared Polis issued Executive Order D 2020 044 replacing the previous stay-at-home order with a statewide safer-at-home order. The new order takes steps towards reopening our economy while still protecting public health by allowing many of our citizens to transition back to work as we continue to practice a sustainable level of social distancing.
Frequently Asked Questions for Tenants and Landlords: Evictions, Foreclosures, Rent, and Mortgage PaymentsThe Executive Orders call on landlords to be mindful of the serious public safety concerns and challenges Coloradans are facing during a statewide stay-at-home order that may also impact their continued employment status. Executive Order 051 prohibits landlords from filing or initiating an eviction from April 30 through May 30, 2020, for Coloradans who have experienced economic hardship due to COVID-19.
HMIS Project Setup and Inventory Changes During an Infectious Disease OutbreakThis document offers information to help Continuum of Care (CoC) and homeless management information system (HMIS) Leadership add, remove or modify projects and bed inventories locally in HMIS as communities respond to infectious disease outbreaks.
Infectious Disease Toolkit for CoCsContinuum of Care (CoC) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) funding supports homeless projects throughout the country to assist households move into sustainable housing. This toolkit provides structure and specific examples for planning and responding to influenza, coronavirus, and other infectious diseases. The toolkit consists of three documents that provide information for CoC leadership, homeless service providers, and partners to utilize when planning for and responding to infectious diseases.
Interim Guidance for Homeless Service ProvidersPersons experiencing homelessness may be at risk for infection during an outbreak of COVID-19. This interim guidance is intended to support response planning by homeless service providers, including overnight emergency shelters, day shelters, and meal service providers.
Metro Denver Homeless Initiative - Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Support Request and FundTo support our partners during this time, the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI) would like to support agencies who utilize the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) in keeping up to date on data entry and ensuring data quality. Applicants may apply for a technology award up to $2,500 for computer hardware to implement HMIS (laptops, scanning equipment, etc.) OR up to $2,500 for data entry support OR may request direct assistance from MDHI. To view eligibility requirements, and to apply, visit this link.
Metro Denver Homeless Initiative - Tech Support FundingTo support our partners during this time, the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI) would like to support agencies who are working to house people while navigating office closures, social distancing, and other challenges. Eligible funds include cell phones and chargers for clients, and software to enable remote housing navigation (e.g. Docusign, Adobe Pro, Adobe Acrobat DC, cell phone apps for clients).

Available to MDHI members only. To view other eligibility requirements, and to apply, visit this link.

Model Notification of Federal Protections for Covered Properties without CARES Act Authorized ForbearanceUnder Executive Order D 2020 051, landlords of "covered housing" under the federal CARES Act are required to notify residents of their federal protections against eviction and foreclosures. The Department of Local Affairs' Division of Housing has developed a model form letter, available here.
Model Repayment AgreementExecutive Order D 2020 051 directs the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), and Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) to work with property owners and landlords to create model repayment agreements that allow tenants additional time to repay rent. Landlords and tenants may use DOLA’s Model Repayment Agreement to mutually agree on a plan for repaying outstanding rent or other contractual amounts in the future.
National Alliance to End Homelessness: COVID-19 WebinarsAlliance staff and other experts will be discussing various tools, guidance, and strategies relating to how providers and homelessness system leaders can respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This page will be updated as subsequent webinars are conducted. View webinar recordings, slides, and other resources below, and register for COVID-19 webinars.
National Healthcare for the Homeless Council: COVID-29 Town HallsThe COVID-19 Town Hall series consists of weekly one-hour sessions with presenters from the HCH front lines bringing health care providers and homeless advocates a chance to hear best practices, ask questions, and engage in discussions on this fast-moving pandemic. To view information on upcoming sessions, and view previous recorded sessions, visit this link.
Non-Congregate Approaches to Sheltering for COVID-19 Homeless ResponseContinuums of Care considering non-congregate approaches to sheltering people who are homeless that are symptomatic or in high-risk categories, such as seniors or people with chronic illness, should consider the following guidance when designing local approaches. Coordination with public health partners is essential in design, resource investment and
staffing considerations.
Non-Congregate ShelteringColorado has received approval from FEMA to provide sheltering alternatives, such as hotels, motels, and dormitories, for Coloradans with no other safe place to who need to quarantine or isolate in response to COVID-19 or are at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19. 
Protecting Health and Well-being of People in Encampments During an Infectious Disease OutbreakPeople who are unsheltered, including those living in encampments during public health emergencies, such as the COVID-19 outbreak, need targeted support to avoid becoming sick and to continue receiving life-sustaining supplies like food and water. Read more and learn how to protect the health of people who remain unsheltered.
Questions and Answers for Office of Multi-Family Housing StakeholdersGeneral Questions and Answers for those organizations and entities involved with the Office of Multifamily Housing. Questions related to the CARES Act, asset management, recapitalization, and rental assistance demonstration, and policy and operations are included in this document.
Screening Clients at Entry to Homeless SheltersThis is a simple screening tool that can be used to identify people with symptoms that indicate they might have a respiratory infection. Although not every person who has respiratory infection symptoms will have coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), using this tool during community spread of COVID-19 may help separate those who are more likely to have COVID-19 from the general population at the entry to a homeless shelter or other homeless service programs.

If someone screens positive for symptoms, they should be directed to where they can stay, either within the shelter or at another location, according to a predesignated plan developed with the local Continuum of Care (CoC), public health department, and community leadership.

Shelter Management During an Infectious Disease OutbreakA guide to maintaining shelter operations, changing intake protocols, and modifying shelter space and layout during COVID-19.
Virtual Case Management Considerations and Resources for Human Services ProgramsThe urgency and complexity of this situation will require sustained attention and ongoing innovation. As a first step in adopting virtual case management approaches, this document lays out technology and practice considerations, as well as resources. Much of the information compiled is drawn from health care services, which has made considerable progress over the past decade in telehealth. While health care services differ in many ways from human services, telehealth services can provide useful lessons and resources.

 

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