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ASPEN, CO – In response to COVID-19 and in anticipation of those struggling to make their April rent or mortgage payment, Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA) has partnered with the Town of Snowmass Village Housing Department and Pitkin County Human Services to provide emergency assistance, resources, and guidance for those affected by COVID-19 closures and layoffs. APCHA and the TOSV Housing Department have released Response Plans to support local workers living in Pitkin County affected by COVID-19 closures and layoffs.
“Our primary goal is to support our County’s workforce affected by the pandemic,” said Mike Kosdrosky, Executive Director of APCHA. “We’ve partnered with Pitkin County and the Town of Snowmass Village Housing Department to ensure that we can assist affordable housing homeowners and tenants during this critical time. We want to help prevent those affected from losing their homes.”
Both APCHA and the TOSV have partnered with Pitkin County Human Services to provide financial support for those who need assistance paying their monthly housing expenses. “We want people to know that we are willing and ready to work with them to help in any way we can,” said Betsy Crum, TOSV Housing Director.
The Response Plans include temporary policy changes for working households affected by COVID-19, including the suspension of late fees for tenants in properties managed by APCHA and TOSV. Affected households could also qualify for a one-time suspension of the minimum full-time work requirement if they can demonstrate that their loss of employment was due to the COVID-19 crisis. And for a limited time, APCHA and the TOSV are offering rent deferral payment plans for qualifying tenants.
Finally, for renters living in housing managed by landlords other than TOSV and APCHA, Pitkin County wants them to know that they can apply for COVID-19 emergency relief assistance online at pitkincounty.com/gethelp. They should also talk to their landlords about requesting rent deferment while awaiting a determination of eligibility from Pitkin County. Struggling homeowners, as well, are encouraged to speak directly to their lenders about what opportunities might be available for deferring mortgage payments.
Homeowners and tenants can learn more at: apcha.org/covid-19 or tosv.com.