NEWS from the Department of Housing Stability
In This Issue
TRUA Update | Rose on Colfax Opening | Upcoming HSSA Meeting | Clara Brown Commons Opening | City Agency & Partner News | Current & Upcoming Procurements
Denver's Rent Assistance Program Now Accepting Applications!
Denver’s Temporary Rent and Utility Assistance (TRUA) program has reopened applications in a new online portal as of Jan. 2.
One in three households in Denver is paying more than a third of their income toward housing. TRUA can help with rent payments for up to six months per calendar year (including arrears, current rent and up to one future month). TRUA can also help both renters and homeowners with utility assistance (Denver Water/Xcel Energy).
The new online portal allows renters to fill out a brief pre-eligibility form and then apply, if eligible. The portal allows renters to check the status of their application at any time. One of three providers (Brothers Redevelopment, Jewish Family Service or the Community Economic Defense Project) will contact the applicant to process their application.
To qualify, you must:
- Live in the City and County of Denver or have been displaced from Denver in the past 90 days;
- Have a household income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income; and
- Have experienced an unexpected financial hardship or other housing crisis.
You do NOT have to disclose your immigration status, and landlord participation is NOT required. Visit denvergov.org/RentHelp and to learn more.
The city also provides FREE tenant/landlord counseling and eviction legal assistance. Visit denvergov.org/EvictionHelp for more information about eviction legal clinics.
Denver Celebrates 82 New Affordable Apartments at The Rose on Colfax
Mayor Mike Johnston and Denver’s Department of Housing Stability celebrated in January the grand opening of The Rose on Colfax, a new 82-unit apartment community. Developed by Mercy Housing Mountain Plains, the project provides 82 income-restricted units exclusively for low- and moderate-income households, as well as an early childhood education center for tenants and the greater community. Read the full press release.
March Housing Stability Strategic Advisors Meeting: Dashboards and More!
HOST's advisory body, the Housing Stability Strategic Advisors (HSSA), will be meeting at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 15. The advisors will receive an update on HOST's public dashboards and discuss progress on our 2024 goals.
Interested in learning more? HSSA meetings are always open to the public and hold space for public comments. If you'd like to join, please use the link below: https://denvergov-org.zoom.us/j/85761763321
Clara Brown Commons Affordable Housing Opens
HOST joined with District 9 City Councilman Darrell Watson and Mile High Ministries in January to celebrate the grand opening of Clara Brown Commons, a new 61-unit affordable apartment community in the Cole neighborhood.
Located at 3701 York St., Clara Brown Commons offers rental housing for a range of low- and moderate-incomes. Nearly one-third of the apartments are deeply affordable, serving households earning less than 30 percent of the area median income. The project’s namesake is given to honor the late Clara Brown – a former slave turned entrepreneur, community leader, and philanthropist pioneer. Read the full press release.
City Agency & Partner News
Bi-lingual Meningococcal Disease Resources
The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) has created a poster and palm cards about meningococcal disease with people experiencing homelessness as the target audience. These materials are available in both English and Spanish. The resources are available on the DDPHE website. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Courtney Ronner at email@example.com.
Current & Upcoming Procurements
HOST has posted a list of upcoming procurements slated for 2023 on our Funding Opportunities page. Take a look if you are interested in seeing what procurements HOST has for this year. Also, check out our NEW Frequently Asked Questions list!
If you would like to receive information on upcoming opportunities and/or add your company to the vendor list, please complete the purchasing communication form. These biweekly notices include updates on current bids and solicitations, upcoming opportunities, City meetings and events, and will also include community resources for businesses. This list is also being used to compile a vendor list for use by City staff.
Request for Qualifications: Community Housing Development Organization
The City of Denver’s Department of Housing Stability (HOST) is seeking non-profit, community-based housing development organizations to become certified as a Community Housing Development Organization. Organizations previously certified by the city will also need to be re-certified to continue this designation.
A Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) is a private nonprofit, community-based service organization with the capacity to develop affordable housing for the community it serves. The City and County of Denver must set aside a minimum of 15 percent of their annual HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for housing development activities in which qualified CHDOs are the owners, developers and/or sponsors of the housing.
This RFQ will close on Dec. 31, 2024.
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