How to Apply and Application Assistance
Provided below is information and links regarding benefits and services potentially available to you. We strongly recommend, if you are considering requesting services or submitting an application to the VA, that you contact your County Veterans Service Office. Their Service Officers specialize in assisting veterans and their family members with claims, applications, and appeals to the VA.
Please visit our County Veterans Service Offices web page to obtain your County Veterans Service Office's contact information.
VA Loan Eligibility Center
Remember, the VA does not give the loan, it guarantees a portion of the loan enabling the lender to provide you with more favorable terms. You must still qualify for the loan.
VA Loan Guarantee/Home Loans
VA Home loan guaranties are issued to help eligible Servicemembers, Veterans, reservists and certain unmarried surviving spouses obtain homes, condominiums, manufactures homes and to refinance loans.
Eligibility: There are service periods and conditions of service requirements, credit rating, sufficient income, a valid Certificate of Eligibility (COE below) and agree to live in the property in order to be approved for a VA home loan.
Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption
This program is for Disabled Veterans who:
- Are RATED by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at 100%, Permanently and Totally Disabled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Individual Unemployability does not qualify) AND
- You must have owned and occupied the property since January 1st of the year in which the Veteran is applying.
This exemption is 50% of the first 200,000 value of your home. The exemption is for primary residence only.
If you have questions please feel free to call The Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs at 970-257-3760. You may fax an application into our office at 970-245-0782 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Property Tax Deferral Program for Seniors and Active Military Personnel
The Property Tax Deferral program helps military personnel and seniors, many of whom live on a fixed income, continue to afford to living in their home by deferring the payment of their property taxes.
The State Treasurer's office makes tax payments directly to the county on behalf of the participant for the tax amount due. The loan is logged as a lien against the participant's property that does not have to be remitted until the participant no longer qualifies to defer their property taxes.Click here for a list of outstanding loans by county.
Requirements for Eligibility
- Applicant must be a senior who is 65 years or older or a person called into military service pursuant to CRS 39-3.5-101 (1.8), on January 1 of the year in which the person files a claim.
- All prior years' property taxes must be paid.
- Applicant must own and occupy the property as their primary residence. The property cannot be income-producing.
- The total value of liens against the property (mortgages, deferrals, and/or deeds of trust) cannot exceed 100% of the assessed market value.
- Mortgage lender agrees that the state's interest in the property would take priority over all other interests.
- If a qualified applicant has a reverse mortgage, the property is only eligible for future deferrals if a subordination agreement from the mortgage lender is submitted with the application.
- The deferral amount must be paid upon sale or transfer of the property. The deferral amount can also be paid any time prior to sale or transfer without affecting future eligibility.
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- Those who qualify must file an application with their respective county treasurer between January 1st and April 1st of each year.
- Once approved, the county treasurer will issue a certificate of deferral to the property owner, keeping one copy on record and sending one copy to the state Treasurer's office. (Note: If property taxes are included in your mortgage payment, you should present a copy of your deferral certificate to the mortgage lender for a refund of the property tax monies held in escrow)
- By April 30, the state Treasurer's office will pay the deferred amount to the county treasurer where the property is located.
- The state Treasurer's office maintains an account for each tax-deferred property which accrues interest which is credited to the state's General Fund. Call the Treasurer's office for the current interest rate.
- When the deferred amount is paid to the county treasurer upon sale or transfer of the property, that amount is then transmitted to the state Treasurer's office.
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Colorado State Veterans Community Living Centers/Nursing Homes
Colorado's State Veteran Nursing Homes serve:
- Honorably Discharged Veterans
- Veterans' Spouses/Widows
- Gold-Star Parents (Parent of a fallen Service Member)
Residents enjoy the camaraderie of sharing activities and daily life with other veterans, friends and family.
Each location offers:
- 24 hour nursing care
- Physician services &, restorative therapy
- Diversified activities
- An all-inclusive rate
- And much more.
1919 Quentin Street
Aurora, CO 80045
903 Moore Drive
Florence, CO 81226
Mail: PO BOX 97, Homelake, CO 81135
3749 Sherman Ave., Monte Vista, CO 81144
1-888-838-2687 or 719-852-5118
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Rifle, CO 81650
1-800-828-4580 or 970-625-0842
235400 US HWY 160
Walsenburg, CO 81089
1-800-645-8387 or 719-738-5000