Across the United States, millions will soon be displaced as a result of an imminent eviction crisis. As federal aid draws to a halt—even if temporarily—up to 40 million renters across the country could soon lose their homes, including hundreds of thousands in Colorado, according to some estimates.
How We Got Here
In the early days of the pandemic, local, state, and federal agencies took action to prevent renters from being evicted and homeowners from being foreclosed upon. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced March 16 that sheriff deputies would not assist landlords in carrying out evictions—but that only lasted so long. On July 1, the Sheriff’s Department resumed eviction assistance.
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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis issued a temporary moratorium on evictions on April 30, but he chose not to extend it after it expired earlier this summer. He did provide some relief for renters, though, by prohibiting landlords across the state from starting eviction proceedings until giving tenants 30 days notice of any default payments (previously only 10 days of notice was required), but that rule will expire August 12.
Perhaps most alarming, on July 25, the federal moratorium on evictions for properties with federally backed mortgages and tenants who rely on government housing expired. That broad provision, which applied to approximately 28 percent of renters in the United States, is now gone unless congressional leaders agree on a new stimulus package. Moreover, the $600 weekly federal unemployment benefit, which roughly 330,000 Coloradans had been receiving, also expired with the eviction moratorium.
Where You Can Find Help
If you’re facing eviction in Colorado, a patchwork of nonprofit organizations and local and state agencies may be able to provide assistance.
- The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) created an interactive map that shows where you can find rent or mortgage assistance throughout the state. DOLA also issued this resource list that statewide renters and homeowners can use to find help, including how to access Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance. If you’re in a desperate situation, the state recommends calling the Mile High United Way 2-1-1 line to be connected with immediate help.
- The Denver Department of Housing Stability is offering temporary rental and mortgage assistance programs and Denver Human Services manages an emergency assistance fund.
Nonprofits and Associations
- United Way
- Catholic Charities
- Jewish Family Services
- Resident Relief Foundation
- COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project
- Emergency Family Assistance Association
- Salvation Army
- The Family Tree
- Apartment Association of Metro Denver
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