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Homelessness Assistance Programs
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The city of Aurora (as an entity) does not provide subsidized housing or financial assistance with late rental payments. There are subsidized housing programs in the community, however programs availability is limited and sometimes unavailable. Subsidized housing availability should always be verified before relocation to the metro Denver area.

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Aurora Homeless Resource Guide (PDF)

This informative and helpful guide has information about housing, rent assistance, employment, health, shelter & motel vouchers, and so much more.


Housing Resources

Click on one of the links below for more housing options. Also try searching the web for "low-income housing" within the metro Denver area.


Home of Our Own 

The Home of Our Own program provides first month’s rent, security deposit assistance, and/or utility deposit assistance to Aurora residents who are living in motel/hotels, mobile homes scheduled for demolition, and Aurora shelters, all of which are located in Aurora.  The assistance is a one-time grant of up to $1,000 to assist the household to move into more permanent rental housing. 

Inception:
                    1998

Funding Source:          HOME

Funding Amount:        About $15,000 annually

Goal:                           15-17 households 

Applicant Eligibility:
  Applicant must meet HUD’s low/moderate income guidelines and program criteria:

  • Be in motel/hotel/shelter
  • Have been an Aurora resident, before living in the motel/hotel
  • Have income that is twice the amount of rental unit
  • Be over the age of 55 years old or, have children under the age of 18 living in household or, one of the household members is disabled or, is a Veteran with VA benefits
  • Have a valid Social Security numbers for all adults
  • All adults must not have a felony in the past five years
  • Rental must be in Aurora and the rental unit must pass health and safety inspection
  • Must be legal resident(s) or citizen(s)
  • Able to sign agreement for drug and crime free housing. 
This is not an emergency program and application paperwork and approval can take up to two weeks to complete. Applications are available at 9898 E. Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO 80010 in the Second Floor Community Development Division. 

For information call:
  303-739-7916


Aurora@Home

The Aurora@Home plan is a community-based collaborative plan that is developing a long-term, strategic plan focused on helping two population groups:     
  • Displaced families
  • Families at-risk for losing their primary place of residence
This initiative is comprised of representatives from the City of Aurora, Adams and Arapahoe Counties, Aurora nonprofits and other organizations, and concerned citizens. 

The Aurora@Home (A@H) Plan, approved by City Council in 2012, is Aurora’s collaborative effort to develop and implement Aurora’s plan to prevent and end family housing loss.  The founding A@H Governing Board is comprised of core service agencies and other key collaborative partners.  The Board is the policy and decision –making body, with oversight of the program structure, services and on-going evaluation.  The Aurora Housing Authority (AHA) provides administrative and fiscal oversight for the plan and will manage the activities carried out by A@H staff (coordinator).  The A@H coordinator will work with each of the program sub-committees, coordinate efforts carried out by the Aurora@Home partners, and manage the implementation of the program. The Aurora@Home Plan is organized around four goals that are designed to have a significant impact on currently displaced families and those at-risk for being in fragile and unstable housing conditions. The goals are:

1. Prevention
2. Provide housing and coordinate emergency shelter and rapid re-housing efforts
3. Provide and expand supportive services
4. Promote responsive system infrastructure and sustainability



Emergency Solution Grants (ESG)

The homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act), enacted into law on May 20, 2009, consolidates three of the separate homeless assistance programs administered by HUD under the McKKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act into a single grant program, revises the Emergency Shelter Grants program, and renames it to the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program. As of January 4, 2012, the renamed program reflects the change in the program's focus from addressing the needs of homeless people in emergency or transitional shelters, to assisting people to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness.

Aurora receives ESG grants and makes these funds available directly to non-profit agencies in Aurora, such as: Arapahoe House (substance abuse programs), Gateway Battered Women’s Services (domestic violence shelter) and the Mile High Council & Comitis Family Services (emergency housing), as well as programs that administer Rapid ReHousing and Street Outreach Activities.

Inception Date: 2004
Funding Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Funding Amount: $194,000 (2012)
Goal: Assist 3,500 individuals/households annually

2013 ESG Funds:
Emergency Solution Grant Phase I and II FY 2013 funds have not yet been allocated.

2012 ESG Funds:
Emergency Solutions Phase I FY 2012 funds allocated to:
  • Arapahoe House, Inc.
  • Gateway Battered Women’s Services
  • Mile High Council & Comitis Family Services
Emergency Solutions Phase II FY 2012 funds allocated to:
  • Aurora Housing Corporation
  • Colfax Community Network
2011 ESG Funds:
Emergency Solutions Phase I FY 2011 allocated to:
  • Arapahoe House, Inc.
  • Gateway Battered Women’s Services
  • Mile High Council & Comitis Family Services
  • Emergency Solutions Phase II FY 2011 funds allocated to:
  • Aurora Housing Corporation
For Information call: (303) 739-7916; 303-739-7938

RFP Aurora Emergency Solutions Grant Phase II FY 2011 and FY 2012
Although these grant cycles are currently closed, the RFP can be accessed here.

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