Adams County Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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Struggling to pay your rent?

You may be able to receive assistance with paying your rent if you are unable to keep up with rent because you could not work or had to reduce your work hours during the coronavirus pandemic. The Adams County Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program can help eligible, low-income renters living in Adams County with past due rent and utilities as well as current rent.

You may be able to get help if:

  • You or someone in your household has qualified for unemployment or you or someone in your household has experienced a reduction in work hours due to COVID-19 or the resulting public health orders; and
  • You are at risk of experiencing homelessness because you cannot pay the rent; and
  • You rent a home in Adams County except in the following areas:
    • Aurora residents must apply for assistance here (click on the button for City of Aurora under the Landlords and Tenants section)
    • Westminster residents in Jefferson County must apply for assistance here.
  • Your household income is at or below 80% of the area median income (see table).

# of People in Household

Maximum Income (80% AMI)

1

$55,950

2 $63,950
3 $71,950
4 $79,900
5 $86,300
6 $92,700
7 $99,100
8 $105,500
Adams County ERA Program Requirements

The Adams County ERA Program application can be completed and submitted here. The application works best in Google Chrome.

If you need assistance to complete the application or have questions, please contact one of the following organizations:

How It Works

  • Fill out an application through a computer, phone, or tablet.
  • Upload your lease agreement and income documentation. Also, upload any demand notices or eviction summons. You can take photos of each page of the documents or scan documents.
  • Submit your application.
  • Your application will be reviewed to ensure your address is in the eligible area and that you have uploaded the necessary documents.
  • Then applications will be forwarded to one of the local housing organizations for full review. You will be contacted by one of the following organizations: Maiker Housing Partners, Brighton Housing Authority, Commerce City Housing Authority, or COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project.
  • Your landlord and/or utility company will be paid directly if your application is approved for rental assistance.

Documents to Submit:

You can submit electronic documents, scanned documents, or photographed documents. You can contact one of the housing organizations listed to schedule a time to bring in your documents. The organizations will scan the documents for you. Photographs of computer screens are not accepted.

Documentation Needed

Acceptable Documents

Identification for Applicant Photo ID for adults living in the rental housing over the age of 18. Optional – if all people living in the house are listed on the rent agreement.
Proof of Income 
The following forms of documentation will be accepted to support income:
 
  • 2020 Tax Return (Form 1040).
           OR
  • Two (2) consecutive months of the most recent income documentation for all adults (18 and over) living in the home:
    • This could be paystubs or other wage statements; or
    • Social Security statements; or
    • Retirement, survivor, or disability pensions or retirement distributions; or
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI); or
    • Any other sources of income regularly received, such as Veterans' (VA) payments, child support, alimony, interest, dividends, net rental income, royalty income, or income from estates and trusts; or
    • Bank statements (two months’ worth), especially for those whose pay is directly deposited to a bank account, such as Uber or Lyft drivers, or employees who receive tips as a source of income.
           OR
  • Unemployment benefits form.
           OR
  • Small business owners and freelance workers can provide IRS Form 1099 for business or consultant work.
           OR
  • Those who may be paid a stipend or one-time fee for work can provide a letter on company letterhead from the business owner or manager that states the person works for the company, the dates the person worked, will work, or does work for the company, and the pay that the person received or receives.
           OR
  • Benefit letter(s) from one or more of the following government assistance programs:
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
    • Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF)/Colorado Works
    • Medicaid for Parents & Caretaker Relatives, Adults, or Pregnant Women
    • CHP+ for Pregnant Women
    • Child Care Assistance program (CCAP)
    • Aid to the Needy Disabled / Aid to the Blind
    • Old Age Pension
    • Qualified Medicare Benefit that covers Part A and Part B premiums
    • Housing Choice Voucher that has been income verified in 2020 or 2021
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Current Lease or Rental Agreement
  • Copy of signed lease or rental agreement plus the name and contact information of the landlord, if not on the agreement

OR

  • Written and signed letter from landlord indicating the tenant’s name, property address, amount owed per month, what utilities and other expenses the monthly rent amount covers, and start and end date of rental term. Also, the landlord must have his/her contact information on the rent agreement, including a phone number and email address.
Housing Instability
  • Documents that demonstrate housing instability due to COVID-19 :
    • Eviction Notice (if applicable);
    • 10-Day Notice
    • Past due rent notice and/or utility bill;
    • Proof of unsafe/unhealthy living environments; 
    • Other forms of documentation demonstrating housing instability; or
    • Provide a written statement on how the COVID pandemic has negatively impacted your housing stability. 
Utility Bills - if you need assistance with utility bills. Past due utility bills and/or invoices for:
  • Gas
  • Electric
  • Water/Sewer
  • Trash
  • Internet (eligible for certain households, see application)
Past Housing Assistance If the tenant has received or is receiving housing and utility assistance, he/she shall report it on the application and upload copies of award letters or checks received by the household.

Landlords

Landlords with tenants who are behind on rent may submit tenant’s contact information on behalf of the tenant through the Adams County ERA Program Landlord portal. Tenants will be notified and may apply for assistance.

Things to Know

  • Rent payments are limited to three (3) months forward.
  • The COVID pandemic must be the reason for the need for rent assistance.
  • Past due rent and/or utilities can be paid if incurred after March 13, 2020.
  • Total assistance provided to the household may not exceed 15 months.

The Adams County ERA Program is being supported, in whole by federal award number ERA0099, awarded to Adams County, State of Colorado, by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.