DOLA’s Emergency Solutions Grant Program provides funding to local governments, homeless service providers and Continua of Care groups for sheltering and essential social services.
The Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program is a national initiative sponsored by the HUD and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The goal of the VASH program is to provide housing choice voucher rental assistance and intensive case management and clinical services to enable homeless veterans access to permanent housing while leading healthy, productive lives in the community.
DOLA partners with the Colorado Division of Child Welfare and local service providers to administer this unique housing choice voucher program to assist homeless youth, aging out of the foster care system (ages 18 through 21) and families where available housing is an obstacle to full custody of their children.
Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)
The division, in partnership with the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA), provides assistance to homeless citizens and other special needs populations. The resources offered by both agencies include Project-Based Vouchers (PBVs), gap funding and tax credit allocations.
State Housing Voucher (SHV) Program
DOLA collaborates with the Department of Human Services (CDHS), Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) to provide rental assistance for hard-to-serve homeless persons and those in jeopardy of becoming homeless. The program serves persons with disabilities, mental illness and those with mental illness and a co-occurring substance use disorder, and their families. The SHV Program allows for a variety of housing choices and range of supportive services funded by other sources.
OHYS provides information, coordination and support services for infrastructure around homeless youth resources in Colorado. It also collaborates with leaders from state and local government, private nonprofit organizations, federal departments, homeless and formerly homeless youth and other key stakeholders in the communities to address local and state needs surrounding youth homelessness.
Homeless Prevention Activities Programs provide assistance to households who are at risk of losing their homes without some kind of community assistance. Funding for the program is made available through a State Income Tax Check-off, which allows Colorado residents to make voluntary contributions on their State Income Tax Return. The division administers the Homeless Prevention Activities Program funds through a competitive process to private non-profit organizations throughout the state.
- Donate to the Homeless Prevention Activities Programs through your Income Tax Check-off.
DOH Next Step Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Program
TBRA is a rental subsidy that helps make up the difference between what a renter can afford to pay and the actual rent for a home. TBRA grantees provide rental assistance and supportive case management services for low-income families. The funding follows a transitional housing program model targeting homeless families with school-aged children. Intensive case management for families in this program addresses the causes of their homelessness and leads toward a higher degree of self-sufficiency and academic stability with the goal of permanent housing at the end of the program.
The division helps fund the operations at the Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community. DOLA also collaborates with Otero Junior College, Lamar Community College, Southeast Mental Health Services, Prowers Medical Center and Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc. to provide recovery-oriented transitional housing for homeless individuals. The facility combines housing with counseling, educational, vocational and employment services for up to 250 homeless and formerly homeless persons from across Colorado, with an emphasis on serving homeless veterans.
We provide funding to the Colorado AIDS Project, which distributes funds to the Boulder County AIDS Project, Northern Colorado AIDS Project, Southern Colorado AIDS Project and Western Colorado AIDS Project according to need in their respective areas. The funding is primarily used to provide rental assistance and supportive housing services.
Colorado Second Chance Housing and Reentry Program
The Colorado Second Chance Housing and Reentry Program (C-SCHARP) provides 24 months of rental assistance in combination with intensive behavioral health services for dually diagnosed parolees exiting the state prison system to homelessness. The program will serve 60 participants annually with recent expansion efforts that will bring additional slots to the Colorado Springs and Denver Metro areas. The program is a collaboration between DOLA's Division of Housing (DOH), The Department of Corrections, the Office of Behavioral Health and Community Mental Health Centers across the state. Referrals for the program come directly from the Department of Corrections.