Colorado’s new Eviction Legal Assistance Fund is looking for nonprofit recipients of its $750,000

Proponents say the fund is among several legislative moves that could stave off homelessness.

Claudia Vazquez, seated, and other members of the grassroots group UNE at a news conference Oct. 1, 2018 celebrating the creation of a legal aid clinic for renters for which they lobbied. (Donna Bryson/Denverite)

Claudia Vazquez, seated, and other members of the grassroots group UNE at a news conference Oct. 1, 2018 celebrating the creation of a legal aid clinic for renters for which they lobbied. (Donna Bryson/Denverite)

Donna Bryson. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Nonprofits who are providing legal services to low-income people facing eviction have access to a new source of funding.

The Colorado Judicial Branch has issued a call for applications for grants from the new $750,000 Eviction Legal Assistance Fund. The fund was among several measures the state legislature approved this past session that proponents say could keep people from becoming homeless. Another of the measures gives tenants more than three days to stave off eviction proceedings by resolving a problem such as being behind on the rent.

To be eligible for Eviction Legal Assistance Fund grants, organizations must be nonprofit and already providing eviction legal services to low-income people.

In a statement Wednesday, the judicial department said the application form to apply for eviction assistance grants is available here — scroll toward the bottom. Applications will be accepted only via email at jessica.zender@judicial.state.co.us and must be received by 5 p.m. Sept. 3.

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