Special Rent Assistance

Special Rental Relief Program

FIRC has been selected by local government to administer rental relief for people living or working in Summit County. It’s estimated that two-thirds of Summit County’s workforce has been laid off during this COVID crisis. Due to the high need, the funding for rental relief is limited and we will not be able to meet the high demands. Therefore, FIRC will also be working with landlords and helping people access basic needs by helping people sign up for federal assistance programs and other supports to get through these challenging times.

FIRC is assisting people with rental relief that live and work in Summit County and have been laid off or lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to be considered for 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.

You can call 970-262-3888. We are experiencing a high volume of calls, your patience is appreciated. All appointments are done over the phone. All checks will be written to your landlord.

 

FIRC Rental Relief

  • Thanks to the funding from the towns, we’ve processed 940 rent relief cases, which helped over 3,000 people.
  • JUNE RENT: If FIRC hasn’t helped you with rent assistance in April or May and you’re struggling to pay your June rent, please contact us.
  • The rent relief supported by town funding was a special program setup for one-time use. As we have processed most of the funding, we are now prioritizing clients that are most venerable by considering the following criteria:
    • Has lived or worked in Summit County for at least 24 months (2 years)
    • Has dependent children living in the home
    • Proof of not being able to return to work
    • Is a single-parent household
    • Not eligible for unemployment
    • Not eligible for a stimulus check
    • Not eligible for SNAP or TANF
    • Has not started to receive unemployment as of yet
    • At least one family member has an on-going chronic physical/mental health condition
    • Is past due on their April or May rent
    • Insufficient funds to cover basic needs such as food and rent
    • Has received an eviction threat or notice from the landlord

If you already received rent assistance:

  • Once the funding from the towns is gone, we will return to our regular format. In order to be eligible for rent assistance – you’ll need to be a family with dependent children, senior or person with disabilities.
  • If you have received rent support but are still struggling to pay June, we recommend you ask your landlord to use your deposit or last month’s rent now until you get back to work.
  • We are hoping you have received a stimulus check, unemployment or food assistance to get you through these upcoming weeks or months. 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 our check out our resources at SummitFIRC.org.

Questions and Answers

Who is eligible for rental assistance?

If you or someone in loss employment or income as a result of COVID-19 you are eligible for a one-time assistance. The financial assistance is only available for those who work or live in Summit County, Colorado.

 

What do I need to present to receive the financial help?

We are asking applicants to provide a picture of their photo i.d., proof of income, and a copy of the front and back page of their rental agreement.

 

Can I qualify if I don’t have one of the requirements above?

Yes. It’s on a case by case basis.

  • If you don’t have a photo i.d., we will accept any identification with a picture on it.
  • If you don’t have a copy of your last pay stub, we will accept any proof of income (bank deposits, personal checks, self-employment letter, etc.).
  • If you don’t have a rental agreement, we will communicate with your landlord/property manager and verify tenancy with other documents.

We encourage you to still apply and talk to a Community Resource Coordinator.

 

What is the appointment process?

  1. Call FIRC at 970-262-3888
  2. You will be given a link to complete an application online.
  3. Complete the online application and upload your documents (photo id, pay stub, and rental agreement)
  4. Once you submit the application, you will receive a phone call from a Community Resource Coordinator within 2 weeks and do your appointment over the phone.
  5. During the phone appointment, the Community Resource Coordinator will address the rental relief assistance and provide other supportive resources and referrals appropriate to your individual case.
  6. After your phone appointment, you will receive a phone call from your Community Resource Coordinator to let you know if your case was approved and when your landlord can except to receive a check.
  7. All checks will be written and sent to the landlord/property manager directly.

 

What happens if I miss the call from the Community Resource Coordinator?

We will call you multiple times in efforts to do the appointment. We encourage you to empty your voicemail so you we can leave a voicemail.

 

Can I get assistance for multiple months?

At this time, FIRC only has funding to assist applicants with a one-time assistance.

 

Is this a loan? Do I need to pay this money back?

No. This is rental relief assistance and you will not have to pay it back.

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We need you to do your part

While we are all ready to get back to work, it is estimated that most businesses will not reopen until July. FIRC is working hard to help people access basic needs, but for the greater good of Summit County we strongly encourage you to sign up for government programs like unemployment, Medicaid health insurance and SNAP food assistance, which can support you during these uncertain times. The following are ways you can apply assistance if you have lost your job or income.

It is estimated that two-thirds of Summit County’s workforce has been effected by business closures. FIRC is doing everything we can to support locals during these uncertain times, but we need you to advocate for the government services that you now qualify for. Many of these services take a few weeks to kick in, so please apply as soon as possible. This will help you regain some stability. Thank you for your cooperation and patience during these times.

Mortgage Payments

  • Lenders are working with homeowners who have lost their jobs or income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important that you contact your lender immediately if you are not able to make your mortgage payment. item

Colorado Unemployment

  • Unemployment benefits may be available to workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own. item

Unemployment Guidelines

  • In order to qualify for benefits, you must have lost your job through no fault of your own (for example
    a layoff, reduction in hours, or reduction in pay not related to performance). The state contact your previous employer(s) to help determine whether or not you may qualify.
  • The applicant is now working less than 32 hours per week and earning less than the weekly benefit amount on their claim.
  • The applicant earned at least $2,500 (including tips) between October 2018 and September 2019.
  • Guidebook to Colorado Unemployment
  • You must prove that you are lawfully living in the country – and show proof:  valid CO drivers license, ID card or military ID card or US Passport
  • Claim will take 4-6 weeks to process.
  • Video about qualifications

How to file an unemployment claim:

There are two ways to file in Colorado:

ONLINE: https://www.colorado.gov/cdle/unemployment

CALL: 303-318-9000

People whose last name begins with the letters A through M are asked only to file online on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or after noon on Saturdays. People with last names starting with N through Z are asked to file Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays or before noon on Saturdays.

What you need to apply (according to Colorado unemployment):

  • Social Security Number
  • Legal name
  • Address
  • Information about your jobs over the last 18 months
  • Name and address of each employer over the last 18 months
  • Why you don’t work there anymore
  • Gross amount and date received of any additional income you received like vacation pay or severance pay
  • License or ID number or alien permit number if you are not a US citizen

Additional information from Colorado Unemployment:

 

The CARES ACT:

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The CARES Act has been signed into law, but those benefits are not yet available until the state receives official guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • For those who are self-employed, independent contractors, nonprofit employees, and gig-economy workers, or are requesting an extension of benefits please wait for updates the CARES act so you can receive coverage.

Medicaid Health Insurance

  • If you have lost your job or had a decrease in income, you probably qualify for Medicaid. This provides you with health insurance and no monthly premiums. During these uncertain times, it is strongly recommended people have health insurance. item
  • You can apply online or FIRC’s Health Team Navigators can also assist you in signing up. You can make an appointment with FIRC at 970-262-3888.

Food Assistance

  • The Food Assistance Program provides monthly benefits to low-income households in Summit County to assist with the cost of food. These benefits are deposited monthly onto an EBT card. item
  • Food Assistance Eligibility: You may be eligible for food assistance if you:
  • Are unemployed, work part time or work for low wages
  • Only households who are or have children that are U.S. citizens and/or legal permanent residents are eligible for Food Assistance.
  • Questions? Call 970-668-9160

Federal Student Loans

  • All borrowers with federally held student loans will automatically have their interest rates set to 0% for a period of at least 60 days. In addition, each of these borrowers will have the option to suspend their payments for at least two months to allow them greater flexibility during the national emergency. This will allow borrowers to temporarily stop their payments without worrying about accruing interest. item