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CCD Housing Scholarship

The Housing Scholarship was created to serve students from low-income families who need assistance with housing. Qualifications include a 2.0 minimum GPA, be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours with at least 3 of those credit hours on the Auraria or Lowry Campus, provide a letter of need, provide a copy of rental paperwork from housing management, apartment or homeowner, or letter from Housing Organization (shelter, transitional housing program) and demonstrate financial need by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We encourage any students who are interested to read more about our scholarship program and apply.

Emergency Aid (Project Success)

The Emergency Aid Fund is designed to support students who are completing a certificate and/or degree by removing unforeseen & urgent financial obstacles, which if not resolved quickly, could cause students to drop out of school. Full and part-time students are eligible for a total of $500 in emergency financial assistance to pay for unforeseen costs including, but not limited to, utilities, housing/rent, food, medical/dental, transportation, childcare, etc. Learn more and apply at 

Childcare Scholarship

We believe that affordable child care is something every parent should have access to. Our Child Care Scholarship Program offers monthly stipends over one semester for students to use towards child care. Recipients are selected on a needs basis with priority given to those already receiving Colorado Child Care Assistance (CCCAP). Selected participants will be asked to participate in monthly chats with one of our Human Services staff. We encourage any students who are interested to read more about our scholarship program and apply.

Are you having a hard time paying your rent? Do you need emergency shelter? Are you looking for affordable housing options? Our team is here to help. Our peer mentors specialize in helping you find resources based on your needs, preferences, and finances. Schedule an appointment today.

Eviction & Foreclosure Defense

The Denver metro area is experiencing ongoing gentrification and as a result of Covid-19, we are also bracing for a looming eviction & rental crisis. While evictions are serious and can be scary, it's important that you remember that you do have rights as a renter in Colorado and you don't have to face the threat of eviction alone. 

  • Download the Eviction Assistance Booklet (English or Espanol) compiled by the City & Country of Denver
  • Did you get a Ten-Day Notice from your landlord? Contact the Office of Financial Empowerment and Protection by calling 720.944.2498 or emailing
  • Foreclosure Counseling | for a guide to housing counseling, as well as information about the foreclosure process, download Foreclosure Process Guide and Resources | Guía del proceso de ejecución hipotecaria
  • 9to5 Colorado is a multiracial, grassroots, non-profit organization that combines advocacy, public education, policy work, and leadership development to achieve economic justice. 9to5 serves as the anchor organization in Colorado for the Homes4All campaign working to ensure affordable housing for everyone and they offer various education and civic engagement opportunities around local housing issues. Learn more and get additional resources on their website

Domestic Violence Shelters

If you are in immediate crisis, please call the Domestic Violence (DV) National Hotline: 1.800.799.7233 or the Colorado Crisis Line: 1.844.493.8255

  • Learn more about accessing domestic violence shelters in Denver, CO by downloading the DV Shelter Guide.


Anyone needing access to shelter or anyone who encounters someone who needs shelter access between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday can call 2-1-1 to be connected to available resources, including transportation assistance for those who are homeless and have disabilities

Additional Outside Housing Resources

Our human services staff offers information for students who are experiencing housing insecurities or homelessness. Students may qualify for payment assistance for off-campus housing. Learn more about need-based housing assistance and other scholarships. 

Childcare Assistance

  • The Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) provides child care assistance to families who are working, searching for employment, or are in training, and families who are enrolled in the Colorado Works program and need child care services to support their efforts toward self-sufficiency. CCCAP provides you access to reduced-cost child care at licensed child care facilities or qualified (unlicensed) providers. Apply on the Colorado PEAK website

Childcare & Homeschool Co-ops 

What is a Childcare or Homeschool Co-op? The most common of the childcare models, parent model cooperatives are comprised of parents who have formed a cooperative to provide quality care for their children. Below are some examples of successful co-ops, alternative youth programs, as well as tips to start your own co-op.

  • Childcare Co-ops: an overview of Resilience 
  • Komae is a cooperative childcare app, providing a flexible care management option for parents. On Komae, parents swap ‘Komae Points’ with other families as a way to manage and coordinate care for their children within a trusted network. I sit for you. You sit for me. 
  • Forming a Community Babysitting Co-op: A community-babysitting cooperative is a grassroots type of arrangement in which families share childcare without any money changing hands. Instead, the care itself is the currency of exchange. For example, in many babysitting cooperatives, families earn points for providing care and spend points on care for their own kids. Points are typically assigned to each half-hour or hour of care.
  • Parent Preschool Cooperative International: PCPI represents more than 50,000 families and teachers, providing ongoing support to families, educators, and social agencies who recognize the value of parents as teachers of their children and the necessity of educating parents to meet the developmental needs of their children.
  • Denver Cooperative Preschool envisions an active society where children and adults join in the exploration of life, the quest for understanding and the journey to wisdom.
  • Rice & Beans Childcare Co-op: An early childhood education cooperative made up of families of color in the Lower San Antonio neighborhood of Oakland, CA. Check out their page for great educational videos and resources for organizing childcare co-ops
  • The Radical Monarchs create opportunities for young girls of color to form fierce sisterhood, celebrate their identities and contribute radically to their communities.

Energy Bill Assistance  

Cash Assistance 

  • Colorado Works: In Colorado, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is known as Colorado Works. It is a cash assistance program that helps eligible families with very low income become self-sufficient by encouraging job preparation, work, and family stabilization. Eligible applicants receive monthly cash assistance payments, help with emergency household expenses, and/or services such as counseling, training, and employment assistance. The Colorado Works Program operates in all 64 counties and is delivered locally through each county's Department of Human or Social Services. 
  • Adult Financial Programs: Colorado's Adult Financial Programs include the Aid to the Needy Disabled-Colorado Supplement program; the Aid to the Needy Disabled-State Only program; the Burial Assistance Program; the Old Age Pension program; the Home Care Allowance program; and the Personal Needs Allowance program.

Assistance for People with Disabilities

  • CCD Accessibility Center: Students with documented disabilities who need reasonable accommodations to access and participate in their courses should apply for services. Documented disabilities include physical health, mental health, learning, and/or temporary medical conditions.
  • Disability Determination Services (DDS) is the state agency that makes the disability decisions for Social Security. Social Security has two disability programs - Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Although there are some differences between the two, the definition of medical disability is the same under both programs.