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Rental Assistance Program

 

Unable to make rental payments because of financial hardships related to the COVID-19 pandemic?

A couple look stressed while reviewing their billsThe city of Aurora may be able to help.

The city of Aurora has heard from residents during the COVID-19 crisis that rental assistance is a key need, and is making assistance available through COVID-related federal funding to help people stay in their homes. 

Know your rights! Attend the COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Workshop on Thursday, April 29, presented by Colorado Legal Services. Learn more about this virtual event.

What’s covered under the Aurora Rental Assistance Program?

  • Assistance with monthly rent payments, not to exceed established fair market rent by HUD
  • Payments are made directly to the landlord/property manager
  • Mortgage assistance is not available through this program (contact your mortgage company for relief options or go to AuroraGov.org/Community Development to speak with a housing counselor)

Who’s eligible?

  • Household income is at or below 80% of Area Median Income (see chart below); financial verification is required
  • The reason for requesting assistance is related to COVID-19 (for example, loss of income or employment due to COVID-19, or COVID-19 health-related expenses)
  • Applicant does not receive other public housing support or vouchers
  • Applicant has a current lease in place within the city of Aurora (unincorporated areas of Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties are not eligible)
  • Applicants who received funding through earlier rounds of the Aurora Rental Assistance Program may be eligible (those who applied for the second round of funding - Aug. 10 through Dec. 2 - but who did not receive funding at that time do not need to reapply unless their situation has changed)
  • Applicant's current lease must be the same lease as when COVID-19 affected their income and ability to pay rent
  • Applicants must disclose any other local, state and federal rental assistance received, including from the city of Aurora; these benefits will be taken into consideration when determining the amount that will be provided to the applicant for rental assistance
  • Eligibility for this program is not dependent upon citizenship status

Chart showing income-level eligibility for Rental Assistance Program based on 80 percent of Area Median Income


How do I apply? 

1. Gather the following documents to upload with your application

Please be prepared with the following documents (materials must be uploaded as electronic files and be legible; if you don't have access to a scanner, consider using a free phone scanner app such as Fast Scanner):

Verification Needed Acceptable Documents
Current lease or rental agreement
  • Copy of signed lease
Identification for all household members
  • Photo ID for all people over age 17
  • Birth certificate for all people younger than 18
Proof of Aurora residence
  • Driver's license/state ID
    OR
  • Bill with name and address
Pre-COVID monthly household income
  • Four consecutive paystubs from each person’s employer prior to the COVID-related financial hardship
  • If you are self-employed, provide your most recently submitted tax return (all pages) AND self-employment records for last four months prior to the COVID-related financial hardship
Proof of COVID-related financial loss
  • Email or notice from healthcare provider, employer or child’s school/daycare provider on letterhead, with contact information for person writing the letter, documenting a COVID-related financial loss
Current monthly income information
  • Two most recent consecutive paystubs from each person’s employer
  • If you are self-employed, provide your most recent submitted tax return (all pages) AND self-employment records for last four months
Other sources of current monthly income
  • Child support order
  • Benefits award letter (SSI, SSD)
  • Unemployment insurance
Assets including checking/savings accounts, money markets, 401K account, stocks, pension and other assets
  • Copy of summary page from monthly statements for the months you are requesting assistance
Landlord ledger from date of move-in and balance due
  • Ledger from landlord with account history and current balance due

2. Click on the link below to complete and submit your application

Completing this application does not guarantee financial assistance. Funding is limited and will be based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Questions? 

coa-rentassist@auroragov.org

¿Preguntas?

Para ayudar a personas afectadas financieramente por la crisis de COVID-19, la ciudad de Aurora cuenta con un Programa de Asistencia de Renta, el cual les puede ayudar a pagar hasta dos meses de renta. Para obtener información en español, haga clic aquí.

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