Applications open again for Aurora rent help program

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AURORA | Applications are open again for a city program paying rent for tenants in financial dire straits because of the pandemic. 

The City of Aurora encouraged residents to apply for rent help Monday through the Rental Assistance Program, which will dole out up to two months of rent to Aurora locals until funds run out.

The help is available if a tenant can prove they’re in financial trouble because of the new coronavirus pandemic and accompanying recession, for example, recently losing a job. 

Applications for the assistance opened again on Aug. 10. The application time period is open-ended and dependent on how quickly the funding is tapped for the program. 

To qualify, a resident must:

  • have an active lease inside the city of Aurora
  • be able to demonstrate a “COVID-related financial hardship”
  • meet income guidelines 
  • not be a recipient of other public housing vouchers
  • be a first-time applicant to the program. Tenants who already received funds in the program aren’t eligible.

The rent help program pays the funds directly to landlords and property managers. 

Aurora city government originally launched the program in May. Now, the program is drawing from up to $2 million from the House Aurora Partnership as well as CARES act dollars from Arapahoe and Adams counties. 

The Denver Post reported Governor Jared Polis extended an executive order Monday allowing but regulating evictions. Landlords must tell tenants 30 days in advance of their intent to evict them.

To learn more about the qualifications and apply, visit AuroraGov.org/RentAssist. Spanish-language program information is available at AuroraGov.org/AyudaRenta

Email [email protected] with any questions about the program.