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Rental assistance still available


Last updated 7/28/2021 at 9:25am | View PDF

Good day. I hope all are well. This week I'd like to update residents on a rental assistance program as well as on a current nationwide shortage of asphalt which may temporarily slow some road repairs in the county.

El Paso County wants residents to know they can apply for rental assistance through the state-run Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). El Paso County is partnering with the Colorado Division of Housing (DOH) to administer the program. The program aids with rent and rental arrears to eligible tenants and landlords who have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ERAP funding is an available resource to prevent housing instability and evictions when the eviction moratorium enacted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expires on July 31. Renters or landlords acting on behalf of their tenants can apply for ERAP assistance if they qualify based on their household income and can show financial hardship due to the pandemic.

The program is an available resource as long as funding allows. The Colorado-funded Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) is available for homeowners who need mortgage assistance and renters who make between 80 and 100 percent of the area median income. For eligibility requirements and to apply, please visit Applications and required documentation must be submitted online. DOH staff will review all applications and make direct payments on applicants' behalf. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program is available on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to:

• Applicants with eviction notices;

• Individuals making less than 50 percent of the median income; and

• Individuals unemployed for more than 90 days.

Also, the El Paso County Department of Public Works is closely monitoring an ongoing nationwide shortage of asphalt. The nationwide decrease in oil production and distribution is limiting the local supply of asphalt. Oil is a major component of asphalt production. El Paso County maintains over 1,100 centerline miles of paved roads, equating to over 2,300 lane miles. El Paso County uses asphalt and other oil-based products for road repairs such as crack sealing, chip sealing, and filling potholes. The limited supply of asphalt makes it challenging for Public Works to do planned road maintenance and repairs.

Public Works is currently prioritizing the schedule of repairs based on asphalt material availability. Unfortunately, the limited supply of asphalt from local suppliers has also delayed pothole repairs. El Paso County is closely monitoring the availability of asphalt materials and its impact on operations. Public Works will continue to research solutions and seek possible alternative sources for asphalt materials. El Paso County wishes to thank residents for their patience and understanding. God bless, and enjoy a wonderful week.


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