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Pathways to Employment Program

Are you behind in your rent or utlities?

A path out of the pandemic is yours, we can help

The pandemic impacted us all in different ways. Maybe you need to catch up on rent or utilities following a lost job,  or you need help finding the right career training for a new direction. Our team with Douglas County’s Pathways to Employment program gets it and is here to help.

Fill out an application to be paired with a case manager and workforce specialist who will help you figure out what’s getting in the way and partner with you on a journey to lasting success.  Applications will be reviewed to determine the level of support needed and assigned to one of our local partners to follow up with you and determine your eligibility.

About Rent and Utility Relief
Funds are available to assist qualified Douglas County renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with arrears or future utility payments and rent . Payments will be made directly to the utility providers, landlords, or property managers using funds received from the U.S. Treasury Department through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2022.

Please see eligibility details below. Because funds are limited, applicants may be required to pay a portion of what’s owed for rent or utilities.  If a waitlist becomes necessary due to the volume of requests, those who are unemployed at the time of application will be prioritized in their placement.

Participants will be required to engage regularly with a program case manager, complete required assessments, develop an individualized plan, participate in workforce or career advancement activities and work toward achieving self-reliance through employment. For more details, please review the Participant Agreement here.

Applications are available in English and Spanish.  For other languages please contact Douglas County at 303-660-7460.

The County also offers other various types of assistance, please click to see more.

For employment support and services, please visit adworks.org/job-seekers

Eligibility Qualifications

An “eligible household” is defined as a RENTER household in which at least one or more individuals named in the lease can meet and document these criteria:

  • A Douglas County, Colorado resident
  • Have household gross income at or below 80% of the area median income (please refer to the table and required documentation below)
  • Demonstrate you are at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability because of a past due or late notice on rent or utilities
  • Have not applied for or received assistance for the rent or utility assistance requested through this program

One or more of the following:

  • Experienced a reduction in household income due to COVID-19,
  • Incurred significant costs due to COVID-19,
  • Experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19 or;
  • Qualifies for unemployment

Applicants who received assistance through federal, state, or local COIVD Emergency Rent Assistance program will be subject to assistance limitations. Please contact the agency that provided your assistance to determine if you qualify for Pathways to Employment.

Please note, this program is intended for renter households only, if you are a homeowner please contact the Colorado Division of Housing Emergency Mortgage Assistance Programs 

For more information please view the Pathways to Employment Program Manual.

Pathways to Employment Partner Organizations:

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  Catholic Charities 
410 S. Wilcox Street, Suite 102
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Phone: 720-215-4521
Help and Hope Center Logo Help and Hope Center
1638 Park Street
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Phone: 303-688-1114
Manna Resource Center logo Manna Resource Center 
3900 Grace Boulevard
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
Phone: 720-515-8814
The Rock Church The Rock Church
4881 Cherokee Drive
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Phone: 303-688-0777

Required documentation:

  • Valid identification
  • Lease
  • Proof of income for the previous 2 months (paystubs, bank statements, etc.)
  • Past due or late notice
  • Utility bills or statement