IFCS

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We all need a little help sometimes.

Welcome to Integrated Family Community Services. We are here to help you during these difficult and unsettling times.

Programs

Visit IFCS to Receive No-Cost Groceries

The Market at IFCS is a year-round free grocery store allowing people earning low-incomes or no incomes to shop for their basic needs. When open, you may walk in to receive assistance during our distribution hours. We ask that you come prepared with the names and birthdates for everyone in your household. They do not have to be present, but we will need their information.

We are currently operating as curbside pickup only. This means grocery boxes will be pre-prepared. When you arrive, you will pull into a parking space and fill out a short intake form. You will then carry groceries from our distribution window to your vehicle. You should expect to be at the market 10-15 minutes. You can expect fresh produce, frozen meat, milk, and other common grocery items.

Eligibility: Pantry and TEFAP food is available for income-eligible households and to households that participate in select public assistance programs. Eligibility determined through self-disclosure. No photo ID or proof of income required.

If your situation does not meet the 5 eligibility criteria listed for IFCS rental assistance, we encourage you to seek rental assistance from other resources.

Request Rental Assistance

IFCS’ Rental Assistance Program will pause October 1, 2022 due to limited staff capacity to administer the service. All interest forms and questions will be answered Monday, October 17, 2022. Households that have received a summons from the Arapahoe County Court showing a date for an eviction hearing may contact Arapahoe County for emergency rental assistance. 

IFCS will implement two different rounds of rental assistance through April 2023. The first round opened July 1, 2022 and was eligible to households in western Arapahoe County affected by COVID-19. The second round opens October 1, 2022 and is eligible to households in western Arapahoe County facing a temporary financial hardship. Please answer the following questions to determine eligibility to apply. If your situation does not meet the eligibility criteria for IFCS rental assistance, we encourage you to seek rental assistance from other resources.

Interested applicants are encouraged to review full details below.

Eligibility for IFCS Rental Assistance:

  1. I am experiencing a temporary financial hardship.
  2. I am the renter of an active lease in the Arapahoe County areas of Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Greenwood Village, Littleton, Sheridan, or unincorporated Arapahoe County.
  3. I owe less than three months’ rent.
  4. I have proof that my household’s income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.
  5. The leaseholder is a US citizen.

Limitations of IFCS Rental Assistance

  • Applicants must be eligible for the program.
  • Approval is not guaranteed.
  • Requests for payment towards first month’s rent and/or deposit are not eligible for this program.
  • Payment in full is not guaranteed.
  • Payment by a specific date is not guaranteed.
  • The total amount of rent paid per applicant is limited.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Rental assistant applicants work directly with an IFCS resource navigator who guides them through the application process, determines eligibility, and authorizes rental payment. Access to a computer, scanner, and other tools that permit sharing of information electronically is required.  

Please note: Due to the overwhelming number of requests for assistance, we appreciate your patience in waiting for a response from our team.

Request Utility Bill Payment Assistance

We provide, through our partnership with Energy Outreach Colorado, bill payment assistance to households that are behind on their energy bills and are at risk of not having home energy.

IFCS’ Utility Bill Payment Assistance Program is closed until October 17, 2022.

For alternate resources, please reach out to the Mile High United Way 2-1-1 Resource Center. A statewide community resource, they are connecting individuals and families to critical assistance such as food, shelter, rental assistance, childcare, and more. You may access this service by dialing 2-1-1 from your phone or online at: https://unitedwaydenver.org/2-1-1/.

Request No-Cost Recreation Center Vouchers

IFCS’ Recreation Center Voucher Program will pause October 1, 2022 due to limited staff capacity to administer the service. All interest forms and questions will be answered Monday, October 17, 2022.

 IFCS Recreation Center Vouchers are provided to low-income members by Englewood Recreation Center and South Suburban Parks and Recreation District. Vouchers allow individuals in the centers’ service areas to utilize eligible programs and services at no-cost. Start the process by completing our on-line application.

 

Register for IFCS Seasonal Enrichment Programs

IFCS hosts special events each year to help families and children with needs such as school supply support, seasonal holiday meals and gift assistance. Learn about the current enrichment program at our Happenings pages.

Additional Assistance Opportunities

Please check out additional options below. Please note: IFCS receives a high number of requests and may not be able to respond individually to all who are interested in our services. We apologize that the need for assistance is sometimes greater than the funding available.

Email Signup

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VICTIM ADVOCATE REFERRAL

18th Judicial District Crime Victim Assistance

For Victim Advocates Only: if you have a client within the 18th Judicial District of Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln counties, complete this form to refer them for financial assistance.

IFCS’ Victim Assistance Program will pause October 1, 2022 due to limited staff capacity to administer the service. All interest forms and questions will be answered Monday, October 17, 2022.

 

 

Eligibility and Income Guidelines

Anyone experiencing food insecurity and self-identifying as meeting the Income Guidelines below is eligible for IFCS Food Market services.

Income Guidelines:
As of March 1, 2022, a household may meet income-based standards in either of the following two ways:

  1. Participate in one of these public assistance programs:
    • Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
    • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
    • Old Age Pension (OAP)
    • Aid to Needy Disabled (AND)
    • Aid to the Blind (AB)
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Medicaid Eligible Foster Children
  1. If the household does not participate in any of the above public assistance programs, the household must meet the requirements based on the chart below, having a combined gross income not exceeding the maximum income limit for the applicable household size.

For IFCS Financial Assistance Programs (Rental and Utility Bill Payment Assistance), we have a service area of western Arapahoe (Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Greenwood Village, Littleton, and Sheridan) and southwest Denver Neighborhoods. This includes Bear Valley, College View, Fort Logan, Harvey Park, Harvey Park South, Marston & South Platte (Southwest Neighborhoods further defined as being south of Jewell and west of Santa Fe). IFCS Rental Assistance Programs may be limited to the cities listed within Arapahoe County.

For IFCS Enrichment Programs, we have a service area of western Arapahoe and northern Douglas Counties (Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Greenwood Village, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree and Sheridan) and southwest Denver Neighborhoods. This includes Bear Valley, College View, Fort Logan, Harvey Park, Harvey Park South, Marston & South Platte (Southwest Neighborhoods further defined as being south of Jewell and west of Santa Fe). Central Denver, North Denver, and Aurora applications will not be accepted.

Service Hours

Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or  retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. Mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. Fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or 
  3. Email:
    program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

This statement was updated 8.3.22 in accordance with USDA updates and guidelines.