Are you homeless? Just need something more affordable to house your family? Looking to buy a forever home, but need a little assistance? No matter the reason you need housing, there is probably a program in or near Englewood that may be able to help you. If you are in need, don't go another day without applying for housing.
Should You Apply for Housing Assistance in Englewood, CO?
If you are even considering applying for this type of assistance, it's possible that you qualify, at least by income. Aside from determining whether you fit income guidelines, there are many other reasons you may want to apply. Perhaps if you scrape by you can find other housing. But if you apply for housing assistance in Englewood, you may be able to qualify for something better, depending on which program you participate in. Are you embarrassed to apply? Don't let that be your reason not to. If you need the help, by all means, ask. If you have children, consider that they may have a bigger space to live in if you qualify and are accepted.
What Qualifications Are Required For Housing Assistance in Englewood?
Qualifications will vary for each program. But all will have income guidelines to meet. Because of this, be sure you have proof of all your income. If you receive any money benefits (SSI, child support, food stamps, etc), you will need proof of that as well. You also will need proof of age and citizenship for each household member (driver's license, birth certificates, social security cards, etc), as well as proof of your current address (lease, bills, etc). Phone and utility bills also may be needed. If you have children, you may also be asked for their immunization records. These are all the basic things you will need to have with you to prove that you qualify. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be asked for other items.
Different Types of Housing Assistance Available in Englewood. CO
When applying for housing assistance in Englewood, remember that there are several types. If you are interested in more than one, you may need to go through a separate application process for each. If you need rental assistance, there are programs that will help you pay your current rent. There also are programs that offer housing in specific units. Some of these are for families, some for those with disabilities, and some for seniors. There is also Section 8, which is a voucher that pays a portion of your rent in your chosen home, provided the landlord accepts this voucher from the state. If you are looking to buy instead of rent, there are also programs that assist those in lower income brackets with purchasing a home.
Where Can I Apply for These Programs?
Some Englewood and Denver housing assistance programs are run by government organizations. Others are offered through private ones. Because of this, you cannot apply to them all in one place. The most common are listed below. Also, many of these organizations work together and if one cannot help you, they may be able to refer you to another. Don't be afraid to ask. One 'no' answer does not mean you don't qualify for something else.
Englewood Housing Authority
3460 S. Sherman Street, Suite 101
Englewood, CO 80113
1544 Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80203
Colorado Housing Assistance Corporation
670 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
For more listings, such as emergency shelter and other government housing options, check the HUD.gov website
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by Lyn Lomasi, Write W.A.V.E. Media Staff
Have you ever been to an ice cream shop that made you want to return numerous times in just one day? If not, you're missing out. Denver has some of the best ice cream shops I've frequented. No matter what area of Denver you are in, there is likely a perfect ice cream shop for you in the mile high city. All of the options below have competitive pricing.
Bonnie Brae Ice Cream
799 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80209
This mom and pop ice cream shop has been in business for years. In fact, I remember getting ice cream there as a child. Whenever I am in the area, I have to stop by. With a very friendly atmosphere and an old-fashioned feel, this is the ideal ice cream shop for those looking for a little nostalgia and a lot of flavor. Bonnie Brae has over 50 flavors. Some of those include Blueberry Cheesecake, Black Walnut, Tiramisu, Bubble Gum, Butter Brickle, Red Raspberry Roll, Pumpkin Pecan, and Gingerspice.
2039 E 13th Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
Located just a few minutes outside of Downtown Denver, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, Liks is appropriately named. There is no such thing as only one lick here. You will definitely want more. An award winner, and formerly known as Lickety Split, Liks is a favorite among neighborhood residents. Ask any of them about it and most will tell you the neighborhood would not be the same without it. This ice cream is homemade and many flavors include fresh fruit and/or nuts. If Liks does not have the flavor you desire, let them know. They design their flavors around customer requests and they will even call you when they have your custom-requested flavor in stock. Liks is somewhat of a trendy spot. This is where everyone in the neighborhood (and surrounding areas) goes to hang out, young and old.
1155 S. Havana St. Unit 63
Aurora, CO 80012
Yes, Baskin Robbins is the ice cream store that was known for 31 flavors. The ice cream store, now a large chain, has grown immensely since then and now boasts over 1,000 different flavors. Each one is tasty in its own unique way. The location that seems to be the most popular among Denverites is the one in Aurora on S. Havana st. Aurora is one of the major cities located right outside of Denver. Some of the classic flavors available include Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Pralines N' Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Very Berry Strawberry. Baskin Robbins also supports youth and schools by offering free ice cream prizes for reading programs. They also give out what are called Scooperstar Awards. Baskin Robbins is always busy, but they always seem to handle the orders quickly and are very friendly.
Cold Stone Creamery
697 W Hampden Avenue
Englewood, CO 80110
Cold Stone Creamery in Englewood (just outside of Denver) is often considered a gourmet ice cream shop by locals. At Cold Stone Creamery, you'll see your ice cream custom-blended on a frozen granite stone, using ingredients such as premium ice cream, fresh fruit, and nuts. To some, it may sound odd to blend the ice cream on a frozen slab of stone, but it really does seem to make a difference. Some of the many fine flavors you can experience at Cold Stone are Berry Berry Berry Good, All Lovin' No Oven (one of my personal favorites), Cheesecake Fantasy, Mud Pie Mojo, That's How I Roll, and The Pie Who Loved Me. Cold Stone Creamery generally offers a fun and friendly environment with all different types of patrons.
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Houston, Texas' high poverty rates alone are a good reason to teach kids lessons about sustainability. Did you know that 1 in 5 Houston kids are at or below poverty level? Using community gardens to teach children about long-term food sources could help reduce those numbers and children will hone life skills, including knowledge on being healthy and taking care of the environment.
Community Garden vs. Personal Garden
Who says kids need to choose between a community garden or personal garden? There are benefits to both. Community gardens help bring neighborhoods and communities together as a team. This can help foster skills needed in the workplace, as well as be a building block for neighborhood growth. Kids can indeed grow their own personal gardens and should. However, combining both could be the optimal choice.
Need for Sustainability Lessons in Youth
Many of our youth these days know more about electronic gadgets, such as computers and video games, than they do about survival. Sustainability lessons provide skills they can use in the workforce, as well as life in general. By starting kids on the path of sustainability, we are paving the path for a better future. If a major catastrophe were to happen, how would your kids handle it? Do you have the survival and sustainability skills it would take?
Community Growth Through Shared Gardening
Shared gardening provides food for communities, which means that it can help fight hunger in kids. According to a 2010 report from chron.com, hunger rates in Houston area children have increased over 85 percent when compared to just 4 years ago. This also provides opportunity for income. Community gardeners, including kids, can sell their harvests at local farmer's markets and to grocers. These gardens also can be a great source of food supply for local food banks. When dealing with unemployment and hunger issues, community gardens are a simple solution to growth and sustainability. Studies also show that community gardens help reduce crime rate.
Can My Houston Community Afford This?
Grants are often readily available for Houston and other communities who choose to organize and maintain gardens for this purpose. Money should not be a reason for putting off getting a garden started in your neighborhood. In fact, by not participating, your community is likely losing out on potential funds. Urban and community gardens also are preferred as many corporate farms are not sustainable. This is due to soil erosion and the tight packing and caging of animals.
Who Teaches the Kids to Garden?
Volunteers can be called in to help teach the kids about gardening. Also, the neighborhood residents should look to each other for support. This is yet one more benefit. Gardening in a shared space can help bring neighborhoods together, creating closeness in a community. Anyone who knows how to garden can chip in their knowledge to help everyone pull it all together.
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