First Mennonite Church Direct Assistance Program

Rent and utility help for Westside residents

The FMC Direct Assistance Program provides rent and utility help to people who live in the neighborhoods around our church. The program serves an average of 450 families per year, helping Westside neighbors keep the lights on and stay in their homes.

Need help?

Apply in person when the Direct Assistance Office is open. All help is provided on a first come, first served basis.

Hours: Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 to 11:30am

Call 303-892-1039 at any time with questions.

You need to live within the following boundaries: between Colfax (north) and Exposition (south) and between Sheridan (west) and Downing (east)

Rent help

  • Please bring:

    • Photo ID

    • Landlord’s phone number

    • Statement, letter, or notice stating how much rent you owe

  • You will complete a one page application with an Assistance Office worker

  • FMC will mail a check directly to your landlord or property manager, typically within 48 hours

  • Amount of help will vary by situation

Utility help

  • Please bring:

    • Photo ID

    • Most recent Xcel bill or shutoff notice

  • You will complete the two page EOC application with an Assistance Office worker

  • Utility help is provided through Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) and covers Xcel gas and electric accounts

  • EOC will send money directly to Xcel for your account

  • You can only receive help from EOC from any agency ONE TIME per program year (Oct 1, 2019 to Sept 30, 2020)

  • During the winter months, you MUST apply for LEAP before applying for EOC help (Nov 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020)

Need help but live outside the FMC Assistance Area?

For utility help, visit

For rent help, contact Colorado Housing Connects (844-926-6632) or Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance (Denver County residents only- dial 311 and select option 6)

Who runs the FMC Direct Assistance Program?

A team of about 15 volunteers run the program. They help clients complete applications, work with EOC, maintain client files, promote the program, and apply for grants.

How is the program funded?

The utility help comes through an annual grant from Energy Outreach Colorado.

Rental help is funded through the FMC budget, grants, and donations to Joseph’s Storehouse.

How can I support the program?

Volunteer- We are always happy to have people willing to work with clients or perform administrative tasks. We are especially in need of English/Spanish bilingual volunteers.

Advocate for affordable housing solutions and living wages in the Denver area.

Donate- Make check donations payable to FMC with “Joseph’s Storehouse” in the memo line and mail to 430 W 9th Ave, Denver CO 80204.