Denver Emergency Assistance

  • It’s more than money.
    We help families in crisis get back on their feet.

    We help low-income families and individuals to pay their housing or utility bills.
    We serve residents of:

    • Adams County
    • Arapahoe County
    • Denver County
    • Jefferson County

    We Prevent Homelessness

    Last year alone, 350 Homes received rental assistance and 623 Homes received utility assistance.

    We’re preventing homelessness, one home at a time.

    "When it seemed like there was no hope, Catholic Charities was a helping hand to catch me."

    Catholic Charities was contacted by the Saint Vincent DePaul (SVDP) society at a Denver parish. They had arranged a home visit with Bonnie, an elderly client. She had recently lost her husband and was in a fragile state. SVDP paid her utility bill to avoid her service from being shut-off.

    SVDP society referred Bonnie to our Emergency Assistance program for more help. We were able to pay her rent for the month. With the help of SVDP and Catholic Charities, Bonnie was able to pay off a large debt and gain stability at a difficult time. She is very grateful for all the help she received.

    How can you help?


  • It costs $43,000 a year to house one homeless person.

    To keep an entire family in their home? Only $574

    The Need

    Mile High United Way receives over 100,000 calls each year from people seeking help.

    In May 2012, 30% of people seeking help were requesting rental assistance, while 26% were seeking utility bill assistance.

    Catholic Charities is one of few agencies to whom United Way can refer their callers.*

    Preventing Homelessness

    Many of our clients are weeks – even days – away from eviction. Fortunately, with just a little help, they can get back on track.

    By helping them to pay their utility, rent or mortgage bills, we are essentially preventing homelessness. Our brief and relatively small assistance is often all they need to regain stability.

    Saving the Taxpayer

    According to a 2006 Cost Benefit Analysis and Program Outcomes Report, compiled by the Denver Housing First Collaborative, the yearly cost to house just one person who becomes homeless is $43,000.

    At our Denver Emergency Assistance program, we are able to keep an entire family in their home for the average, one-time assistance payment of $574.

    Our morning hotline receives thousands of calls every day.

    The bigger our bank, the more people we can help!

    Help us prevent homelessness

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  • We provide rent, mortgage, and utility (gas/electric & water) assistance.

    Phone Appointments only - NO WALK-INS.

    Please call 720-377-1313 Monday – Friday 8:00 – 8:45 AM to make an appointment.

    Please note: Appointments are limited and are based on funding and appointment availability. We receive a large volume of calls daily.

    Guidelines to Receive Financial Assistance

    In order to receive any financial assistance, ALL clients must bring the following to the appointment:

    • PICTURE IDThe driver’s license may be from another state. Examples: Driver’s license, work ID, Dept. of Corrections ID, Recreation ID card, etc.
    • CURRENT PROOF OF ADDRESS – Example: a bill from a utility company, a phone bill, etc.
    • PROOF OF EMERGENCYDocumentation of the emergency is REQUIRED at the time of appointment. Example: loss of income, illness, accident, unforeseen expense with paid receipt (such as a car repair/medical bill) etc.
    • PROOF OF INCOME – Examples: pay stub, letter from employer on company letterhead, unemployment benefits, Social Security benefit letter, etc.

    For RENTAL ASSISTANCE, we require all of the following:

    • An eviction notice for the current month’s rent – allowed back rent must be paid before an appointment is made.
    • A current lease.
    • If Catholic Charities commits to payment, landlord must agree to house client for 30 days.

    For UTILITY ASSISTANCE (Xcel Energy/Water), we require all of the following:

    • The bill must be in client's name (not the landlord's name).
    • Utility bill must be at least one day in arrears.
    • Total X-cel bill may not exceed $1,000.
    • Total water bill may not exceed $200.