Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance

This program keeps families in their homes with the heat and lights on. Funding is limited. Submitting an application is not a guarantee of assistance. Rent and utility assistance are listed first, keep reading for mortgage assistance. 

Apply for Rent or Utility Assistance

Aurora residents: If you live in Aurora, please apply through the State program. Arapahoe County cannot accept applications from Aurora residents unless there is a denial of assistance from either the City of Aurora or the State Department of Local Affairs rent program or an imminent eviction. For mortgage assistance, also apply through the State program.

If you live in Arapahoe County—outside of the City of Aurora—please follow the instructions below. 

Eligibility Requirements

Important! On Sept. 1, 2022 the eligibility requirements for the Rent/Utility Assistance program changed as the majority of the funds have been utilized to date.

Effective immediately, only households that have received a summons from the Arapahoe County Court showing a date for an eviction hearing are eligible to apply, in addition to the following:

  1. You MUST meet income qualifications with income less than 80 percent of the area median income (AMI).
  2. You MUST be legally present in the United States
  3. You MUST provide 
    • Copies of ID's for everyone in the household, including children
    • Income verification for everyone in the household
    • Proof of Human Services Benefits such as SNAP, TANF, or Medicaid may be substituted for proof of income
    • A self attestation form IF you are unable to provide proof of income such as pay stub, award letter or proof of Human Services Benefits. Form is located in the electronic application packet linked above.
    • Current eviction notice

To apply, please email housingassistance@arapahoegov.com.

Application Processing

Arapahoe County rent assistance applications will be processed with the following priorities:

  • Households that have received a summons from the Arapahoe County Court showing a date for an eviction hearing
  • Households with income less than 50% of area median income
  • Households that are applying for the first time
  • All other households at risk of housing instability

Applying for a Second Time?

Please note that repeat applications that do not meet the qualifications will not be considered. If you've applied before and received assistance, your second application will be considered based on funds available and the following:

  • Households that have received a summons from the Arapahoe County Court showing a date for an eviction hearing
  • Families with children, seniors, or disabled individuals
  • Income must be less than 50% of area median income
  • There must be a demonstrated reason for needing additional assistance
  • You must be at risk of housing instability
  • You may be requested to document working with Arapahoe/Douglas Works! if you do not have a disability or child care needs

To apply for a second time email housingassistance@arapahoegov.com or call 303-738-7891

Mortgage Assistance

The Colorado Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (EMAP) provides financial assistance on behalf of income-eligible homeowners who have experienced a financial hardship associated with the COVID-19 health crisis. Households are eligible to receive EMAP assistance if they:

  • Attest that they experienced a financial hardship after January 21, 2020 associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, 
  • Provide income documentation and have household incomes equal to or less than 100% of the Area Median Income for their county
  • Currently own and occupy a primary residence in Colorado, and 
  • Their original loan was not a Jumbo loan at the time of purchase or most recent refinance

Visit the State's resource page and APPLY here.

Additional Resources

The Housing and Community Development team also can assist with referrals to other rental assistance programs, eviction resources, homeless prevention services and other general housing resources. For additional assistance and programs, please visit Arapahoe County Human Services pages. 

To search for the closest food banks, shelters, transportation options, medical facilities and more, visit ArapaSOURCE.