Homelessness Assistance Programs
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.
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.
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
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, Second Floor, Community Development Division.
For information call: 303.739.7910; 303.739.7911
The Aurora@Home plan is a community-based collaborative plan that is developing a long-term, strategic plan focused on helping two population groups:
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:
Provide housing and coordinate emergency shelter and rapid re-housing efforts
Provide and expand supportive services
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 McKinney-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 Jan. 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), Mile High Behavioral Healthcare & Comitis Crisis Center (emergency housing), and the Aurora Home Rapid ReHousing and Homelessness Prevention Program.