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Human Services

Emergency/General Assistance

The Douglas County General Assistance Program is intended to help with a one-time emergency need to address issues of health, safety and/or well-being.  To be eligible for this help, applicants must show how they can meet their future expenses.

Individuals and families may be eligible for assistance with:

  • Rent, with an eviction notice
  • Motel costs if you are homeless
  • Utility bills, with shut-off or disconnect notice
  • Burial/cremation, if the individual was not on one of the qualified assistance programs
  • Prescriptions, if not covered by Medicaid or other insurance
  • Food
  • Gas

Some services may not be available through this program if funding is not available.

For additional information or questions on the general assistance program, please contact our office at 303-688-4825.

Additional Information

How do I apply?

To apply you must complete an Application-for-Emergency-Assistance. You may need to meet with a member of our staff to review your application and provide any additional information or documentation.  The application cannot be completed on a mobile device, you will need to use a desktop computer or laptop.

After you complete the application, email it to [email protected] along with any supporting documentation. Complete applications with all needed documentation to support your request will speed up the process.

A copy of your photo I.D. and current pay stubs will also be required. If you need help with rent or utilities, you will be required to turn in a copy of the eviction notice or utility shutoff notice. Additional information may be requested.

What are the income limits?

The income limit for this program is 150% Federal Poverty Level.

In 2022, that equates to:

One (1) household member:

  • $1,699 gross monthly income

Two (2) household members

  • $2,289 gross monthly income

Three (3) hosuehold members

  • $2,879 gross monthly income

Four (4) household members

  • $3,469 gross monthly income

Five (5) household members

  • $4,059 gross monthly income

Six (6) household members

  • $4,649 gross monthly income

Seven (7) household members

  • $5,239 gross monthly income

Eight (8) household members

  • $5,829 gross monthly income

*For each additional household member after eight, add $393.33

Pathways to Employment Rent and Utility Assistance

Are you behind on your rent or utility payments due to COVID-19 financial impacts? If so, you may be eligible for assistance through the Pathways to Employment Assistance Program.

Pathways to Employment