Colorado landlords have raised $74,000 for a coronavirus rent relief fund

Now the Colorado Apartment Association is asking others to contribute

The Moline Apartment in Stapleton, July 19, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Moline Apartment in Stapleton, July 19, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Donna Bryson. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A Colorado landlord industry group has raised $74,000 from its members for a rent relief fund to help people who have lost income or suffered illness because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Now the Colorado Apartment Association, which contributed  $25,000 of the $74,000 raised so far, is asking others to contribute to the national Resident Relief Foundation, which will ensure that donations from Coloradans will help Coloradans.

The foundation provides rental assistance grants during emergencies and recently launched an initiative to raise $10 million for rental assistance during the pandemic. The foundation says demand has been so high during the coronavirus outbreak that it is only taking applications from tenants who are facing imminent eviction.

In a statement this week, Scott Kirkwood, president of the metro Denver affiliate of the Colorado Apartment Association, said: “Everyone wins when residents stay in their homes and our industry is dedicated to ensuring Colorado residents have a safe and clean place to live.”

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