FIRC is assisting renters or homeowners who live or work in Summit County who have been affected by COVID-19.

EMERGENCY HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM – COVID-19

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In partnership with DOLA (Department of Local Affairs), FIRC is assisting with applications for people who live or work in Summit County. The Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) provides emergency rent and mortgage payments for Colorado residents financially impacted by COVID-19 on or after March 1, 2020.

The application is online, and you will be directed to the Department of Labor Affairs’ Emergency Housing Assistance Program website. To start an assistance application, please visit https://portal.neighborlysoftware.com/coehap/participant.

You will be required to create a username and a password to start your application in Neighborly Software. For assistance with technical issues (e.g. inability to login after creating an account) please contact support@neighborlysoftware.com

To qualify for the Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP):

  • You were unable to pay your rent, mortgage or mobile home lot rent because you experienced financial need due to COVID-19
  • Your household monthly income is at or below the maximum 100% AMI for Summit County
  • You may not apply for assistance for a month for which you have already received assistance. Applicants will be required to repay funds if duplicate benefits are received.

Required documents for assistance application:

  1. Photo ID
  2. Lease/rental agreement or most recent mortgage statement
  3. Proof of income for last month (if you are working)
  4. Other qualifications and documentation required will be explained by the Family & Intercultural Resource Center.

Units that receive rental assistance through a voucher program are not eligible.

For the full program guidelines, please click here.

Additional information:

  • Please do not call the FIRC main telephone number as they are not assisting with the DOLA Application Process and will not be able to answer questions or give updates on your application or status. 
  • For support with your DOLA Application, please contact DOLA_COEHAP@state.co.us.
  • For questions once you have successfully submitted your application, please contact fircrentalassistance@summitfirc.org.

If you prefer to meet with a Family Support Coordinator, please schedule an appointment by calling FIRC at 970-262-3888.  All appointments are completed over the phone.

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Division of Housing (DOH) is working closely with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) as well as other State, City, County, and Federal Partners to develop and implement a coordinated COVID-19 response. 

TRADITIONAL FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM:

Our traditional family support program (pre-COVID) is still available. The program prioritizes clients that are most in need by considering the following criteria:

  • Lived or worked in Summit County for at least 6 months
  • Dependent children living in the home
  • Is a single-parent household
  • At least one family member has an on-going chronic physical/mental health condition
  • Is past due on one month or multiple months of rent
  • Insufficient funds to cover basic needs such as food and rent
  • Received an eviction threat or notice from the landlord
  • Are a senior (50+)

In order to be considered for traditional assistance you need to have a:

  • Lease with your name on it
  • Photo ID
  • Your last paystub

Please note that prior to assistance, FIRC will communicate with your landlord to advocate on your behalf.

Please call FIRC at 970-262-3888 to start your traditional application. All appointments are completed over the phone. All checks will be written to your landlord. 

If you have received rent support but are still struggling to pay, we recommend you ask your landlord to use your deposit or last month’s rent now until you get back to work.

If you do not live or work in Summit County and need rental/housing assistance, visit: https://cdola.colorado.gov/rental-assistance

We also encourage you to continue using FIRC’s Food Pantry so you can put your money towards housing.

FIRC is here for you, if you have other needs around food, mental health, connection to health insurance or support signing up for government programs, please give us a call. We encourage you to utilize all community resources available to get through these tough times. Please click here for additional resources.

Housing Works Initiative

Please contact Omni Real Estate at 970-468-2740 for information about available rentals or to list your home in the program.