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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

 

Please see resource descriptions below for language options.

To find resources and services available in your area visit this page. 

 

211 Colorado

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. 

 

Findhelp.org

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.

 

Colorado Public Health COVID-19

Colorado COVID-19 web updates on data, outbreaks, symptoms, testing, and more. 

 

Colorado PEAK

The Colorado Program Eligibility and Application Kit (PEAK) has everything you need to: learn about public assistance programs, complete an application, and manage your benefits online. PEAK is an online service for Coloradans to screen and apply for medical, food, cash, and early childhood assistance programs.

 

Colorado Legal Services 

Colorado Legal Services has put together a list of legal resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic categorized by topic.

 

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. 

 
How to Make (and Use) a Disinfectant Against Coronavirus

This New York Times article describes the best ways to use disinfectants on household surfaces, and how to make and preserve their potency.

 

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. Click the following links to see COVID-19 related resources in English or Spanish

 
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) & WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children)

To learn more about food assistance programs (SNAP & WIC) and see if you are eligible visit Colorado PEAKClick here to view the page in Spanish. 

You can also apply for benefits at your local county human services office, to find where it is located, click here.

 

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. To view this page in a language other than English, scroll to the bottom of the site and use the "Select Language" menu. 

 

USDA Meals for Kids 

Find meals for kids using the USDA's meal finder tool. To ensure that children who rely on free or reduced-price meals at school are able to get the nutrition they need, USDA is working with states to continue providing meals to students. Families can use this tool to find directions to nearby sites as well as hours of operation and contact information. Their hotline can be reached Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET. at 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273) (for Spanish).

 

Lasagna Love 

Are you a parent trying to balance way more during COVID? A front line worker who could use some love? A person who’s lost income and is trying to figure out how to put dinner on the table? Whatever the reason: kindness is for everyone. Let a neighbor deliver a home-cooked lasagna or main dish to your family one night. Click to see if meals are available in your zipcode. Use this link to view the site in Spanish. 

 

Helping Hands

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.

 

Food delivery and drive through pantries

Joy's Kitchen is bringing food to Colorado's food insecure populations. They primarily serve the Elders & Hungry. 

Housing and COVID-19

To find more information on emergency rent assistance, eviction prevention, resources for individuals experiencing homelessness and the CARES act, please visit Colorado Department of Local Affairs website.

Click here to view the application for those interested in receiving emergency rent or mortgage support. Please call 1-800-480-0066 with questions. For information in Spanish, click here and scroll down to the "Preguntas Frecuentes y Recursos" section. 

 

Colorado Housing Connects

Colorado Housing Connects is committed to helping Coloradans who are at risk of losing their housing due to COVID-19. Whether you are a homeowner facing foreclosure or a renter facing eviction, we are here for you.  Colorado Housing Connects is your eviction and foreclosure prevention partner. We don’t stop there though. Whatever your housing question may be, we’re bringing answers home. Visit their website or call 1-844-926-6632. To view the site in Spanish, click here.

 

Colorado PEAK 

Colorado PEAK is the place to apply for and manage benefits online, including help with energy bills. To view the site in Spanish, click here

If you are unsafe or being abused by someone in your family or by a partner, call 9-1-1.

 

Domestic Violence

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.

 

At-Risk Adults

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.

 

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

 

Violence Free Colorado 

Violence Free Colorado has listed shelters and services by county for individuals affected by domestic violence. 

Colorado Pet Pantry 

To find pet food and pantry locations visit Colorado Pet Pantry’s website

 

My Pet Child

My Pet Child allows you to search for financial assistance, medical care, food and supplies for your pets. 

Onward CO

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 Benefits

For the most updated information on unemployment benefits and return-to-work guidance or to file a claim for unemployment go to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) site.

To contact CDLE about unemployment see this page (note: contact options are listed for both English and Spanish speakers).

 

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.

 

Workplace Rights: Paid Leave & Personal Protective Equipment

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. 

To view the information in a language other than English, please visit this page and scroll down to the "Colorado Paid Leave & Whistleblower Poster" section

 

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. To view this page in Spanish, click here

 

Freelancers Union

Freelancers Union has resources for independent workers affected by COVID-19 listed on their site including information on how government relief efforts impact freelance workers. 

 

Left Behind Workers Fund 

Impact Charitable is providing financial assistance to unemployed Colorado workers overlooked by federal aid programs. Visit this page to learn more in English or this page to view the application in Spanish.

 
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.

 

CHOW

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.  

 

COVID-19 Business Resource Center

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade has compiled a list of resources available to support small businesses, nonprofits, freelancers, and independent contractors. This site includes information on financial assistance available to businesses and workers, as well as reopening guidance and legal assistance among other resources. 

 

Free Legal Advice for Small Businesses

COVID-19 Assistance: Free Legal Advice & Help for Colorado Small Businesses can be found here. To view the site in Spanish, use the menu located in the bottom right corner of the page.

 

 
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 2-1-1 website lists a variety of Tax Assistance resources.

 
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.

 

Insurance

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.

 

Resources for Coloradans in Need

The Colorado Department of Human Services has created a page devoted to assistance and benefits for low income Colorado residents. 

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.

 

U.S. Small Business Administration COVID-19 Assistance

To learn more about COVID-19 assistance options (including the Paycheck Protection Program, debt relief and emergency assistance) for small businesses, click here. To view the information in Spanish, click here.

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.

 

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.

 

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)

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 oedit_sbanavigator@state.co.us.

 

 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.

 

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.

 

Free Legal Advice for Small Businesses 

COVID-19 Assistance: Free Legal Advice & Help for Colorado Small Businesses can be found here. To view the site in Spanish, use the menu located in the bottom right corner of the page.

 

Small Business Resources

The Colorado Small Business Development Center has resources for small businesses responding to COVID-19. Click to view the site in English or Spanish

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.

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 the novel coronavirus. Learn more at coag.gov/coronavirus.

 

State Unit on Aging

To learn more about programs and resources managed through the Colorado Unit on Aging follow this link.

 

Elder Refugee Program

The Denver Regional Council of Governments offers a range of programs, information and services for older individuals who are refugees and those who care for them.

CDHS Resource List 

The Colorado Department of Human Services compiled a list of resources for individuals who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing.

 

COVID-19 Resources & Information

The Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition has a page devoted to COVID-19 resources for individuals with and without disabilities.

Public Charge Rule & COVID-19

Receiving treatment or getting tested for COVID-19 will not affect migrants or individuals seeking legal status in public charge analyses. Click here to read USCIS’s public charge rule in its entirety. Click here to read more about USCIS's COVID-19 response. 

 

Short List of Resources for Immigrants and Refugees

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has created a list of resources and information relevant to immigrants and refugees.

 

Elder Refugee Program

The Denver Regional Council of Governments offers a range of programs, information and services for older individuals who are refugees and those who care for them. 

 

Immigration Legal Help by Phone

Denver Public Library has immigration legal help by phone dates scheduled through June 2021. Folks can contact the library to sign up for a date/time (the only information collected is a phone number) and an attorney will call them for a 15 minute Q&A at the designated time. 

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