COVID-19 Guidance & Resources
In response to the COVID-19, APCHA has partnered with the Town of Snowmass Village Housing Department and the Pitkin County Human Services department to provide support to those who have experienced additional financial hardship caused by closures and layoffs due to COVID-19.
APCHA may suspend all or a part of the 1500-hour minimum full-time work requirement for requalifying tenants who are under 1500 hours of employment and can prove that their loss of employment was due to COVID-19. Read more about the full requirements in the full guidance and resource document.
Homeowner Assistance Programs
If you need assistance paying your monthly home expenses, apply for emergency assistance from Pitkin County Human Services online.
If you have lost your job because of the COVID-19 pandemic you might be eligible for unemployment benefits. Apply for unemployment through the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment online.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a Food Assistance program in Colorado, formerly known as Food Stamps. Learn more about the program and apply.
The USDA has also implemented immediate measures to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by COVID-19. Learn more about the assistance program.
For APCHA Tenants:
The response plan also includes the following measures for tenants:
- The waving of late fees through June 30, 2020 for impacted COVID-19 renters. This policy will be reassessed in June.
- Allow impacted COVID-19 tenants to request a one-month deferral for April rent. Read more about this in the full guidance and resource document.
- Tenants who are in good standing are also able to request a termination of the lease by mutual agreement of the parties without penalty. Read more about this in the full guidance and resource document.
For APCHA Homeowners:
- APCHA homeowners must continue to use and occupy their home as their primary residence and occupy the property at least nine months out of the calendar year unless they have an approved Leave of Absence.
- Leave of Absence (LOA) - If your employment status has changed due to COVID-19 and you must find work outside of Pitkin County, you must request a LOA in accordance with the Employee Housing Guidelines. Read more about this in the full guidance and resource document.
Evictions and Foreclosures:
In accordance with Governor Jared Pollis’ Executive Order issued March 20, 2020, evictions and foreclosures will be suspended until April 30, 2020, for all APCHA homeowners and tenants.
- APCHA encourages all private property owners and landlords serving APCHA clients to follow and abide by the Governor’s Executive Order.
- According to the Governor’s Executive Order, nothing relieves a tenant of the obligation to pay rent, nor restrict a landlord’s ability to recover rent due, or otherwise comply with the public health and safety requirements or other legal requirements.
- Read more about this in the full guidance and resource document.
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