Emergency Rental Assistance Program

COVID-19 Resources

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

Help for Those Impacted by COVID-19

This program is now accepting applications.

If you have been (or currently are) unable to pay your rent due to COVID-19, you may be able to receive Emergency Rental Assistance if you are a Boulder County resident and meet certain criteria. Click the “Apply Online” button below to apply or check if you qualify, and see the fact sheet in English or Spanish.

Available Assistance

Households are eligible for a maximum of 12 months of financial assistance. A An additional 3 months of assistance could be provided in the case the household will face eviction because the household has no means to continue to pay rent.

  • Past due rent (incurred after April 2020) and up to two months future rent to your current landlord.
    1. Housing Choice Voucher (HCV or Section 8 voucher) holders or those living in Project Based Voucher (PBV) units are only eligible for assistance with past due rent.
  • Past due utilities (incurred after April 2020) that are charged by your landlord.*
  • Up to $100 per month of reasonable past due fees (incurred after April 2020) that are charged by your landlord. (This does not include attorney’s fees.)
  • If you have been displaced due to the financial impacts of COVID-19, ERAP may be able to assist with a deposit to help you lease at a new unit. If you are seeking deposit assistance, please clearly describe the financial impacts of COVID-19 that caused you to leave your previous unit in Section E of the application.
    1. The unit must be in Boulder County, the rent must be under 150% of the Fair Market Rent, and the deposit cannot exceed two months of rent.
    2. You will have to find your own unit to lease and provide additional documentation prior to assistance being paid to the landlord.
    3. Households are eligible for up to one deposit per year.

Please note: Mortgage assistance cannot be provided using Emergency Rental Assistance funding. For help with financial planning around mortgages or other budget-related needs, the Boulder County Personal Finance Program offers phone and virtual appointments to discuss options and create plans.

*ERAP is not assisting with utilities due to utility providers at this time.

If you need additional assistance or want to speak with someone about the program, call the Boulder County Housing Helpline at 303-441-1206 and leave a detailed message. An advisor will return your call as soon as possible (within 3 business days). You can also email the Housing Helpline at HousingHelpline@bouldercounty.org.

Please Note: in addition to rental assistance, Housing Helpline advisors can also connect you with landlord/tenant mediation services, legal aid, and more.

Please note: Applications from households earning less than 50% of Area Median Income (see chart below) or with one or more members who have been unemployed for at least 90 days are given priority by being assigned to a case manager to be processed before other applications. Boulder County collects income and employment information needed from each applicant during the application process to help prioritize funding to those households. Boulder County is transitioning to an electronic portal used by the State of Colorado and other counties that will help automatically prioritize those applications.

Prioritized Households

(50% of Area Median Income)

People in household

1 person

2 people 3 people 4 people 5 people 6 people 7 people

8 people

Gross monthly income $3,412.50 $3,900.00 $4,387.50 $4,870.83 $5,262.50 $5,654.17 $6,061.67 $6,433.33

Please have all of the following documents ready for your rental assistance application process:

    • Head of household photo ID (examples include driver’s license or identification card issued from any U.S. State or Territory, U.S. military identification card or a military dependent’s ID card, Native American tribal document, document issued by any instrumentality of government, or document issued by an educational institution); and
    • Current lease agreement which lists the applicant as tenant/resident; and
    • Household income document – examples include any of the following:
      • Your 2020 tax return Form 1040, or
      • verification your household is currently receiving food or financial assistance (SNAP or TANF), or
      • two months of income information, including pay stubs or other wage statements, bank statements demonstrating regular income, Unemployment benefits information, or an income verification statement from your employer, or
      • If you don’t have income documents, we may still be able to work with you. Contact us to find out.
    • Please Note: Other documents may be required depending on the type of assistance needed and your circumstances. Additional documents may be requested after your application is reviewed. The sooner all documents are submitted, the sooner payments can be made if you qualify. Once approved, funds are paid directly to landlords and utility service providers. It can take up to two weeks for payments to be processed following approval.

Landlords can begin an application and invite tenants who are past due on rent to begin a tenant application. The tenant will need to complete their portion of the application before eligibility for rent assistance can be reviewed.

Steps to create a Landlord Application:

  1. Navigate to https://cdola.colorado.gov/rental-mortgage-assistance
  2. Scroll down to the section named “Landlords and Tenants” and select the appropriate County that your tenant’s residence is located to open the application portal.
  3. Under the section “Start a New Application” select “Click here to start a new application” for Landlord: Rental Assistance.
  4. A window will open for you to enter the name of the application. Please use the name that will appear on your W-9 and select “Start Application”
  5. Further instructions for completing the application may be found on the above website under FAQs and Resources

Other Supports Are Available

This is not the only source of rental assistance in the community, and other support for basic needs is also available. You can visit or contact these partner organizations for help:

The Housing Helpline and the Housing Stabilization Program

In 2008, Boulder County Housing and Human Services created the Housing Stabilization Program(HSP) to help people struggling with covering their housing costs remain in their homes. Over the past decade, HSP has helped nearly 4,200 households across the community stabilize by providing $22 million in rental and utility assistance and connecting them with other important supports they need. The Housing Helpline was created in April 2020 to help connect Boulder County residents impacted by COVID-19 with supports for renters and landlords, including rental assistance, mediation services, and legal assistance. Since its creation, the Housing Helpline has received 4,000 inquiries and contributed to the issuance of more than $2.5 million in rental assistance for over 800 households across the community.

The Housing Helpline is utilizing the structure of the successful Housing Stabilization Program to disburse this Emergency Rental Assistance to those who need it.

If you have questions, please reach out to the Housing Helpline at 303-441-1206 or HousingHelpline@bouldercounty.org.

Important Contact Info

Boulder County Call Center
(General services and COVID-19 info)
720-776-0822
Boulder County Housing Help Line
303-441-1206
Boulder County Housing & Human Services
303-441-1000
HHS Locations, Hours, Services During COVID-19: www.boco.org/COVID-19ContactHHS

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