This page includes resources for basic needs of all Coloradans. Whether you are looking for help with rent control, understanding the stay at home order, or healthcare coverage, you can begin here. Do you know of a resource missing from this page? You can suggest a resource to add with this form.
211 Colorado is a statewide community resource connecting individuals and families to critical resources including food, shelter, rental assistance, childcare, and more. Call 2-1-1 or Text your zip code to 898-211 (message and data rates apply). You can also access their web based search function for more help.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC is the a great starting place for nationwide COVID-19 related updates.
The World Health Organization (WHO)
Colorado Public Health COVID-19
FindHelp.org is the most comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date aggregation of free and reduced-cost programs helping Americans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Transportation Assistance in Denver
Denver Regional Mobility and Access Council is keeping current information online on rides for those who are transit dependent. Updated daily.
How to Make (and Use) a Disinfectant Against Coronavirus
NYT article that describes the best ways to use disinfectants on household surfaces, and how to make and preserve their potency.
COVID-19: The most important conversation you’ll have
The Colorado Healthcare Ethics Resource Group has put together guides and tip sheets to help people consider specific medical treatments, values and decision-making during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage each of you to use the tools provided on the website to have these conversations with your family.
A Guide to Home-proofing for Flu, Coronavirus and Other Illnesses
This guide explains why your home is an important front in the battle against germs and viruses, and covers best practices for cleaning everyday objects, keeping the home safe, and what to do before, after and during your family and guests visit.
Hunger Free Colorado
Bilingual Food Resources Hotline, Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m: 855-855-4246 or in Metro Denver: 720- 382-2920. If you are hearing impaired call Relay Colorado at 7-1-1 or 1-800-659-2656 Go online to hungerfreecolorado.org
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
To learn more and see if you are eligible go to colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap. You can apply for benefits online at Colorado PEAK: coloradopeak.secure.force.com. You can apply for benefits at your local county human services office, colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/contact-your-county.
WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children)
To learn more and see if you are eligible go to: https://www.coloradowic.gov/. You can start your application online at https://www.healthinformatics.dphe.state.co.us/WICSignUp. Someone from WIC will contact you to see if you qualify and schedule an appointment. You can apply for benefits at a WIC office near you.
CDE Emergency Feeding Guidance
As school districts across Colorado announce school closures to help minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Colorado Department of Education is working to mitigate food insecurity among youth and has provided CDE Emergency Feeding Guidance.
Helping Hands is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving those most vulnerable to COVID-19: senior citizens, the immunocompromised, and people with pre-existing medical conditions which put them at additional risk. Our community volunteers deliver groceries, medicine, and other necessary supplies to empower everyone to stay healthy and be as responsible as they can be.
Free Food Delivery to those in need in the metro Denver area
Benefits in Action coordinates food delivery of boxes of fresh and nonperishable items to those individuals who are unable to access food in other ways. Priority is given to older adults, persons with disabilities, and those with health conditions that make it unsafe to leave home. Call 720-221-8354 with questions.
Food delivery and drive through pantries
Joy's Kitchen is bringing food to Colorado's food insecure populations. They primarily serve the Elders & Hungry.
Boulder Errand Runners
Safe, free deliveries for Boulder County's at-risk community members facing COVID-19. For more information, visit errandrunnersboulder.org.
If you are unsafe or being abused by someone in your family or by a partner, call 9-1-1.
To get help call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or go to thehotline.org. Help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Child Abuse and Neglect
To report suspected child abuse or neglect call the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-844-CO-4-Kids. Learn more about child abuse and neglect and supports for families at co4kids.org.
To report concerns of mistreatment or self-neglect for an at-risk adult, contact Adult Protective Services at the local county human services office where the at-risk adult lives.
Housing & Evictions
The Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Division of Housing has pulled together comprehensive resources at cdola.colorado.gov/housing-covid19.
Colorado State Patrol
We can't say this enough, we are not conducting COVID-19 checkpoints or traffic stops. Please watch this brief video about police impersonators and things to look for.
Peak to Peak Housing and Human Services Alliance resources
A listing of COVID19 resources, beginning with local (western Boulder County and Gilpin County) resources for mountain residents, then ascending through county, state and national options
OnwardCO.org is a one-stop resource for Coloradans impacted by job loss to connect with life essentials (money, shelter, food), training, and jobs.
Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Apply for or Manage Unemployment Insurance Benefits at https://cdle.colorado.gov/unemployment.
Local Workforce Centers
Workforce Centers provide a variety of free services to assist employers and job seekers, including job listings, career counseling and training and recruitment of workers. Find your local workforce center at, https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/wfc
Looking for work?
Connecting Colorado is part of a state and county-run system that delivers immediate, tangible results for your future.
CHOW is a Denver based non-profit that supports laid-off service industry workers affected by COVID-19 restaurant closures. They offer free meals and therapy sessions, among other resources.
Artist Assistance Fund
Denver Arts & Venues launched the IMAGINE 2020 Artist Assistance Fund with $130K. Recognizing the overwhelming response to this aid and tremendous need of artists throughout Colorado, the Colorado Artist Relief Fund was developed.
One Fair Wage Emergency Fund
Restaurant workers, gig workers and other hourly workers are facing unprecedented economic hardship from the coronavirus crisis. One Fair Wage Emergency Fund is providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who are unable to make a living wage during this time.
Workplace Rights: Paid Leave & Personal Protective Equipment
Effective through December 31, 2020, employers in Colorado must provide paid leave for COVID-19 related needs. Read more information from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment about worker's rights to paid leave and PPE.
Towards Justice: Worker's Rights & COVID-19
Towards Justice is a non-profit law firm in Colorado that has put together a useful list of FAQs for Coloradans concerned about working during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Connect for Health Colorado
Connect for Health is Colorado’s official health insurance marketplace for individual insurance. There is an emergency special enrollment period through Thursday, April 30, 2020. Coloradans who are currently uninsured can enroll during this period for health insurance that will start on May 1, 2020. Coloradans who lose their job, or who may lose their job, and who will then lose their employer-based health insurance, are allowed a 60-day window to enroll in individual coverage, whenever that might happen throughout the year. Learn more and apply online at connectforhealthco.com.
Free Consumer Telehealth
Review this directory of free telehealth services to support Coloradans through COVID-19. This is not an exhaustive list of options, but will continue to be updated with free telehealth resources for consumers.
Colorado Division of Insurance
The Colorado Division of Insurance regulates health insurance companies operating in the state. Due to COVID-19, it is issuing emergency regulations and directives to health insurance companies on issues such as coverage of COVID-19 testing, employer-based health insurance and telehealth services. However, there are plans that the Division DOES NOT regulate, such as employers' self-funded plans and plans based in another state. If your health insurance card has "CO-DOI" on it, it is regulated by the Colorado Division of Insurance and it is subject to the Division's regulations and directives. See more at their "COVID-19 and Insurance" website.
Health First Colorado
Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+)
CHP+ is public, low-cost health insurance for some children and pregnant women. It is for people who earn too much to qualify for Health First Colorado, but not enough to pay for private health insurance. Learn more at colorado.gov/pacific/hcpf/child-health-plan-plus.
Benefits in Action Application Assistance
Benefits in Action helps individuals navigate and apply for assistance for many public benefits including: Medicaid, SNAP, Connect for Health Colorado, Medicare, and many other programs
Telehealth & Nurselines Directory
Use this list to help you find a telehealth provider in Colorado. This is not an exhaustive list of options. It is important to first ask your primary care provider if they offer telehealth visits or call your insurance company for more information.
Life Insurance Policy Locator
This tool, actually a nationwide tool developed and maintained by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), helps people find the life insurance policy and ensures that the beneficiaries of those policies receive the proceeds.
National Telehealth Portal: Health care from the safety of our homes.
During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, we don’t have to choose between medical care and social distancing. When patients can get health care through telehealth — and doctors can provide it — we protect ourselves and our communities.
State Medicaid & CHIP Telehealth Toolkit
To support state policymakers in their efforts to expand the use of telehealth services in Medicaid programs, this Medicaid Telehealth Toolkit aggregates information and highlights questions that states may ask themselves when establishing new telehealth policy, including telehealth policies for pediatrics. This toolkit will evolve throughout the COVID-19 emergency.
Colorado Crisis Services
Colorado Crisis Services provides free, confidential, professional and immediate support for any mental health, substance use or emotional concern, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Call 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional. Learn more at coloradocrisisservices.org.
National Suicide Prevention Life Line
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and distress resources for individuals and families. Call 1-800-273-8255 or learn more at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
Colorado Wellness Recovery
Colorado Wellness Recovery is a mental wellness and addiction recovery guide. It is a free resource for Coloradans considering recovery. Learn more at cowellnessrecovery.org
Rural Development Assistance
USDA Rural Development (RD)
USDA Rural Development has $1 billion in lending authority now available through the Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program, which provides much-needed financing to business owners that might not be able to qualify for a loan on their own. For more information, check out this RD fact sheet.
COVID-19 and USDA Service Centers
Information related to the new coronavirus and current status of USDA Service Centers, online options for conducting business, and updates to USDA programs and services in response to COVID-19. https://www.farmers.gov/coronavirus
USDA Grants & Opportunities
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) works to improve domestic and international opportunities for U.S. growers and producers. Review AMS grant programs here.
COVID-19 Relief for Local Governments
The Colorado Division’s Colorado Resiliency Office (CRO) is the statewide lead on long-term recovery. CRO serves as a clearinghouse to help communities navigate resources to support long-term recovery. The Office is available to work with partners to hold regional workshops for strategic action planning to support development of resiliency and recovery roadmaps.
Colorado Department of Human Services
There are many different programs and services available to assist children, youth and families in Colorado. Learn more about child care, child support services and others at https://www.colorado.gov/cdhs/children-families.
Family Resource Centers
Family Resource Centers provide a safe, accessible place for your family to connect with comprehensive, coordinated services that help you strengthen your family. You can find your local Family Resource Center at cofamilycenters.org/centers/member-family-resource-centers
Resources for Parents and Students
The Colorado Department of Education has compiled online resources for families concerning education during the COVID-19 outbreak. These resources include information about parenting, learning at home, and guidance from the CDC, among many other topics.
Services for Older Coloradans
The Colorado Department of Human Services has many resources for older Coloradans. Learn more at colorado.gov/cdhs/older-adults.
Area Agencies on Aging
Local agencies including Aging and Disability Resource Centers and Area Agencies on Aging, provide services for older Coloradans. Call 1-844-COL-ADRC (1-844-265-2372) or contact your local Area Agency on Aging.
Older Adults- Access to Groceries/Medications/Supplies, Snow Shoveling/Yard Work, Social Calls
A Little Help, a Colorado nonprofit helping older adults to thrive, is mobilizing community volunteers to serve older adults in this difficult time. We are equipping background-checked, pre-screened volunteers to grocery shop, pick up prescriptions, and run other essential errands for our older adults and make deliveries to their doorsteps. We are making regular care calls to older adults for social connection, as well as health and safety checks. Volunteers are also helping with snow shoveling and yard chores for older adults, while practicing safe social distancing to minimize proximity and risk. A Little Help is growing to serve Colorado state-wide, but right now we have operations from Metro Denver to Northern Colorado and in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Protection from Scams and Price Gouging during COVID-19
The Colorado Attorney General’s office has issued a consumer alert warning Colorado residents about scams related to coronavirus. Learn more at coag.gov/coronavirus.
Circle of Parents Groups
Circle of Parents Groups are meeting online in English and Spanish to create a space for people raising kids to vent, cry, and laugh, and joke, and find out how other parents are navigating this new world.
Bright by Text
Bright by Text has been improving the health and wellness of Coloradans for 25 years. Bright by Text is a text messaging service that helps parents and caregivers of children prenatal to age eight make the most of everyday interactions. Offered in English and Spanish, our service provides developmental education and guidance through curated content from partners such as PBS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the CO Office of Early Childhood. Our messages are proven to stimulate early childhood interactions by equipping families with games, activities, videos and resources. In fact, 93% of caregivers indicate that Bright by Text prompted them to try out a learning activity, play with their child, and/or read a story.
Help Paying for Utilities
To support those who may be impacted by COVID-19, Colorado gas & electric utilities regulated by the Public Utilities Commission are suspending nonpayment disconnections for their customers. These utilities are Xcel Energy, Black Hills Energy, Atoms Energy and Colorado Natural Gas. Links:
Coloradans can also get help paying energy bills through the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP): https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/leap
Help with Taxes
The income tax payment deadline has been extended for all Colorado taxpayers by 90 days until July 15, 2020. All income tax returns that were required to be filed by April 15, 2020 are granted a six-month extension, and are due on or before October 15, 2020.
Click here for more information.
Help with school loans/higher education expenses
For Federal information and FAQs visit: https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus (in CARES Act)
Borrower Relief (Section 3513): The law suspends payments and interest accruals on Federal Direct Loans and FFEL loans through December 31, 2020, as well as collection activity on such loans.
Loan and Grant Duration Limits (Sections 3506 and 3507): The law exempts semesters that students cannot complete due to COVID-19 from the maximum period during which students may receive Federal Subsidized Direct Loans or Pell Grants.
Other Relief (Sections 3514 and 3519): The law provides other student relief related to TEACH grants and to the National and Community Service Corp.
The Colorado Division of Insurance is issuing emergency regulations and directives to insurance companies in areas such as working with consumers on alternative arrangements for payment of premiums, not cancelling Coloradans' insurance policies during the COVID-19 emergency and coverage of COVID-19-related health services. See more at their "COVID-19 and Insurance" website.
Low Income Coloradans during COVID-19 Outbreak
The Colorado Department of Human Services has created a single source of access to assistance for low income
COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER
The following resources are available to support small businesses, nonprofits, freelancers, and independent contractors.
COVID-19 Resource Center: Taxation & Your Business
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is affecting both individuals who get sick as well as organizations and industries worldwide. During this uncertain time, RubinBrown is ready to help you with practical advice on informing and supporting your employees as well as keeping your business running.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Resources & Guidelines for Business
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is marshaling all its resources to help companies stay afloat and keep paychecks flowing to American workers and families; mobilize the business community to combat the pandemic; and help companies prepare for a safe, successful, and sustainable reopening of the economy.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act: What Small Businesses Need to Know
Everything you need to know about the Paycheck Protection Loan and the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan programs.
U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance
Apply for an emergency small business loan here.
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
Access a variety of resources including information about layoffs, unemployment and funding options. The office also has a small business navigation hotline available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 303-860-5881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s small business toolkit
This website includes an overview of COVID-19-related legislation including the recent federal stimulus package, SBA lending information and instructions and resource lists.
U.S. Paycheck Protection Program
The U.S. Paycheck Protection Program is an emergency and forgivable loan to cover monthly payroll and mortgage interest for up to 2.5 months. Loans will be forgiven if the employer either continues to employ its workers or rehires them when they reopen for business. Contact your current lender or banker to find out if they are part of the program. Fill out an application here.
Resources for Employers and Business Owners
COVID-19 is impacting businesses of all sizes and in all industries. We’ve gathered some helpful resources to ensure you can connect with aid that will help you navigate COVID-19. View the different sections to connect with relevant resources and programming.
COVID-19 Virtual Business Programs
The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and our family of organizations are working to bring you a series of COVID-related programs to help you navigate this challenging time. Learn about upcoming virtual events to help you as a business owner, employer and worker.