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There are other programs to help the owners of single family homes stay in their homes. In most cases these programs are income qualifying.
Contact your local Area Agency on Aging and 2-1-1 and ask help locating utility assistance programs, Colorado Senior Property Tax Exemption and Deferral Program. Information is below on the Colorado Property Tax Exemption and Deferral Programs. Note that due to COVID-19, the Senior Property Tax Exemption Program will probably not be funded for a few years.
Other Programs to Help you Stay in Your Home
This website is a program from the National Council on Aging. The website lists over 2,500 beneﬁt programs available nationwide from medications, health care, income assistance, food & nutrition, housing & utilities, tax relief, programs for veterans, employment and more. You enter information about your location and needs and the website will assist you in finding what benefits you might qualify for in your area.
Benefits.gov (formerly GovBenefits.gov) was one of the earliest “E-Government” initiatives to launch in 2002 and was established as the official benefits website of the U.S. government. Prior to Benefits.gov, citizens looking for government benefit information had to search through a complicated maze of web pages.
Energy Outreach Colorado
The State of Colorado provides energy assistance programs that work in partnership with our services to help households across the state. If you qualify, assistance can range from bill payment assistance to heating system repair or replacement. Energy Outreach Colorado is also a resource for:
- Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
LEAP is a federally funded program that can pay part of your heating costs. It is only active from November 1 to April 30 each year and can be used once per heating season.
- Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is a federally funded program that can provide you with energy efficiency services. You can receive assistance with items like insulation, air sealing, storm windows and doors, furnace repair or replacement, and LED light retrofitting.
Property Tax DEFERRAL Program for Seniors and Active Military Personnel
The Property Tax Deferral program helps military personnel and seniors, many of whom live on a fixed income, continue to afford to living in their home by deferring the payment of their property taxes. The State Treasurer’s office makes tax payments directly to the county on behalf of the participant for the tax amount due. The loan is logged as a lien against the participant’s property that does not have to be remitted until the participant no longer qualifies to defer their property taxes.
Property Tax EXEMPTION Program* for Seniors and Disabled Veterans
When the program is funded by the state of Colorado, a property-tax exemption is available to senior citizens, surviving spouses of senior citizens, and one hundred percent disabled veterans. For those who qualify, 50 percent of the first $200,000 in actual value of their primary residence is exempted from property taxation. The state pays the exempted portion of the property tax. The Property Tax Exemption for seniors and one hundred percent disabled veterans is administered by the Department of Local Affairs, but the Treasurer’s office is responsible for the distribution of state funds to counties representing the amount issued in exemptions.
*Note: the property tax exemption for seniors was not funded for tax year 2009, 2010, and 2011; however, the property tax exemption was still in effect for disabled veterans.
Your local Area Agency on Aging and 2-1-1 may also be helpful resources in dealing with affordable housing:
Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
An Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is a public nonprofit agency designated by a state to address the needs and concerns of all older persons at the regional and local levels. AAAs are primarily responsible for a geographic area, also known as a planning and service area (PSA), that is either a city, a single county, or a multi-county district. AAAs coordinate and offer services that help older adults remain in their homes, if that is their preference, aided by services such as home-delivered meals, homemaker assistance, and whatever else it may take to make independent living a viable option.
Find your local AAA by visiting their website or calling 1-800-677-1116.
2-1-1 is a confidential and multilingual service connecting people to vital resources across the state. No matter where you live in Colorado, you can find information about resources in your local community. Dial 2-1-1 from your phone or visit their website.
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