The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance program makes available $25 billion to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are provided directly to states, U.S. Territories, local governments and Indian tribes. Grantees use the funds to provide assistance to eligible households through existing or newly created rental assistance programs.
In Weld County, the Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance program will be administered through the Department of Human Services (DHS) to eligible households who apply for assistance. An eligible household is defined as a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meets the following criteria:
- Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19
- Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability
- Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median
Priority will be given to eligible households with income at or below 50 percent of the area median, and to eligible households that include an individual who has been unemployed for the 90 days prior to application for assistance.