Help with Rent and Utilities in the Event of an Emergency (ERA)
Your household may be eligible for assistance with utilities and rent in the event of an emergency if you live in Weld County and meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Because of a financial hardship caused by COVID-19, you were unable to pay your rent or utility bills; and
- Your monthly household income equals or falls short of the maximum income shown below.
| Maximum Monthly Household Income for the two months prior to the request
(80% Area Median Income)
|1 person||2 people||3 people||4 people||5 people||6 people||7 people||8 people|
You pose a potential threat of being without a home or having unstable housing; and
You were not awarded rental or utility assistance, which would have compensated you for the cost of your rent and/or utilities for the required period of time.
If you have already filed an application but a Weld County employee has not yet gotten in touch with you to discuss fulfilling your request, please do not submit another application. Because of this, there may be a delay. If you have been served with an eviction notice, you are asked to send a copy of it to the email address HS-Outreach@weldgov.com.
Using ERA funds to assist with your mortgage is not an option. Visit the website of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs at https://cdola.colorado.gov/rental-mortgage-help for additional information regarding mortgage aid.
Utility assistance from the ERA is only available to households that are rented. If you are a homeowner in need of assistance with your utility bills, please go to the website for Energy Outreach of Colorado, which may be found at https://www.energyoutreach.org/.
There is assistance available.
Step 1. Priority will be given to the payment of the existing housing-related outstanding debt that could result in the eviction of an eligible household.
Step 2. Before getting assistance for future payments, a qualified household’s outstanding rental and utility debt must be reduced.
Step 3. Only costs incurred after March 13, 2020, may be applied to the outstanding debt.
Step 4: If a household requires further assistance after receiving prior approval, they may reapply. Continued eligibility must be proved in order to be eligible for additional grants.
You are required to turn in all of the appropriate papers before a service coordinator may take care of your request.
Step 1: First, you will need to submit both your application and the attestation form online.
Step 2: Please provide the required documentation, which can be seen below (please be prepared with a digital copy, .pdf, .jpg, or .png formats accepted)
Step 3: Provide a Photo Identification Document (Some examples of acceptable identification include: a driver’s license or identification card issued by any U.S. State or Territory, a US military or a military dependent’s identification card, a Native American Tribal Document, a document issued by any government instrumentality, or a document issued by an educational institution.) Step 4: Provide a Proof of Residence Document (Some examples of acceptable proof of residency documents include: a copy of a utility bill showing the current address;
Step 4: present a lease agreement and/or a utility bill that names the applicant as the renter or resident; and
Step 5: Provide two months’ worth of pay stubs, papers proving that you are unemployed, or an income verification statement.
Please keep in mind that if your application is approved, you may be asked to produce additional documentation to ensure that all pertinent information is gathered in order to report responsible use of federal money to the United States Department of Treasury. If your application is granted, please keep in mind that if you are asked to produce additional documentation, you will be required to do so.
The money will be transferred immediately to the utility companies as well as the landlords. Once payment has been approved, the processing of the payment can take up to two weeks.
If you have any questions about the online application or the required papers, you may reach out to us at (970) 400-6600.