COVID-19 Public Resources

Basic Colorado Resources

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There are a number of resources available and the list is growing daily.

Options include:

Free COVID-19 Testing in Denver:

Paid Sick Leave: Click Here to read Colorado Bill SB20-205 regarding paid sick leave for employees 

Unemployment Insurance: The recently passed CARES Act expands unemployment insurance dramatically. If you have been laid-off, furloughed, or face a work reduction as a contractor or gig economy employee, you may be eligible for benefits (in addition to receiving the stimulus funding above). You can submit an application here: Start a Claim

Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance: In Denver County, residents may apply for TRUA benefits to support rental and utility payments. More information can be found by dialing 3-1-1 or visiting: Rent and Utility Help - Department of Housing Stability

Other rental support: The State of Colorado is providing some rental support to tenants facing hardship as a result of COVID-19. Residents across the state can search for emergency rental assistance providers here: State of Colorado Eviction Prevention Programs. You may also call 2-1-1 or visit 

Energy Assistance: The Colorado Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) is a federally funded program that helps eligible hard-working Colorado families, seniors and individuals pay a portion of their winter home heating costs. Please call 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435) for more information or visit

Food Assistance: There are many options available to you to apply for Food Assistance (SNAP) benefits. Try to provide as much information as you can on the application to make the process faster.

  • By Phone: Outreach partners can help you apply by phone. Call Hunger Free Colorado Hotline at 1-855-855-4626 or Mile High United Way at 2-1-1
  • Online: Visit the Colorado PEAK website at from a computer or tablet to complete an application online.  
  • Mobile App: Download the MyCOBenefits app to apply from a smartphone. If you are approved, you will be able to see benefit amounts.
    Paper. Paper applications are still available at your county office, even if it is closed.Once you complete your paper application, you can drop it off at the county office or send it in by mail, fax, or email.
  • For other food assistance: You can also find food banks and pantries during the COVID-19 Outbreak. Visit for more information. Continued food help listed below

Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan: The SBA is offering economic injury disaster loans to small businesses, including sole-proprietors and contractors (ride-share drivers, etc.), whose income is impacted by the Coronavirus crisis. The application is on-line and the SBA is trying to streamline the processing of applications. For more information or to apply, visit this site.


FREE Internet Essentials Package from Comcast for low-income families

60 Days of Free Internet Service - Effective March 16, 2020 

Apply Online: or call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) 

Returning to School During Covid-19

NetSmartz: Online Safety for Kids and Families

Mental Health

Mental Health Center of Denver:

To schedule a first time appointment for yourself, your child or to obtain information on helping a loved one into services, contact our Access Center by calling (303) 504-7900.

Tennyson Center for Children: Tennyson expanded their program offerings in 2020 to include outpatient services for children and adults, which include individual therapy, family therapy, and care coordination. These services are provided in the Denver metro area and via telehealth for those with Medicaid or private pay.




Connect for Health Colorado:

Denver Human Services

All services are happening online or via phone

First Time DHS applicants: If you need to apply for benefits but don't have access to Internet and/or a device you can call the special document delivery hotline, 720-944-1520, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, and the document delivery team will leave an application at their door. Once the application is completed, residents just place it in the provided, sealed envelope and call the same hotline to schedule pick up.

This service is available to Denver residents in need of paper applications for assistance with food (TANF/SNAP/Medicaid), child care (CCAP), utilities (LEAP), EBT cards, and child support services.

Note that this service is provided only for new clients. Those with existing DHS cases should call 720-944-4DHS (4347) or contact their eligibility technician directly. For those with internet access, visit


Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning allows us to make our wishes known to our healthcare team about the way we receive medical care.  Documents such as a Medical Durable Power of Attorney (MDPOA) and Living Will are available to complete and put into your medical record.

To learn more about Advance Care Planning you can visit 
If you would like to complete any Advance Care Planning documents or have a discussion about your wishes, please contact your primary care clinic to schedule an appointment with your social worker or medical provider.  We are here to support you!

Additional Ways to To Give or Receive Donations

For residents in North East Denver:

Left Behind Workers Fund is direct assistance to unemployed workers overlooked by Federal Aid Programs. 


For a limited time Lyft will be offering free rides for families to and from food banks on weekdays. Please call 211 to access this service.  

Information regarding Advance Child Tax Credit Payments in 2021

The Child Tax Credit, part of the American Rescue Plan Act, is available to provide major tax relief for families raising children. For more information, visit this website

Afterschool Programs

Explore Afterschool and Summer Programs for Youth in Denver using the Youth Program Locator

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Additional Food Resources

Free Meal Delivery for kids - Sign Up for Colorado Food Cluster Meal Deliveries: Colorado Food Cluster (CFC) provides free meals to youth ages 3-18 in the Denver Metro Area (within 20 miles of downtown). Each student will receive a weekly delivery of 7 dinners and 14 snacks, including fruit and milk. Visit this site to enroll!

DPS Food Distribution for Kids: 

Denver County Food Distribution for youth between the ages of 1 - 18 and available on a first-come, first-served basis at 17 Denver recreation centers, Monday - Friday, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. No ID or registration required - just swing by, grab your meal ... and go! View a full list of Tasty Food sites and stay informed of any additional updates by visiting

For Access-A-Ride recipients: Free Grocery Store delivery! See more in link:

Full List of Emergency Food Assistance:

Metro Caring: Will deliver if you are at high-risk and cannot come to Metro Caring. There are no restrictions and you don’t need proof of income. Please make an appointment to help us manage crowd control or schedule your delivery. We can provide an emergency food box for anyone without an appointment - one per week.

Make an appointment online at any time or by calling us at 303-860-7200 during specific times:
Monday - Friday, 9:30-11:30AM and 12:30-3:00pm
Tuesday, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Salvation Army Red Shield is doing deliveries for families:
Service area zip codes: 80202, 80203, 80205, 80206, 80207, 80216, 80218, 80220, 80224, 80230, 80238, 80246, 80022. 
Front desk number is (303) 295-2107. They will ask for ID number (on photo ID), address, phone number, number of people living in the household, and any notes for delivery

Hunger Free Colorado: 855-855-4626

Additional Food Resources through Denver Food Rescue:


Education Resources

ABCMouse (Preschool-2nd grade)
Access code: AOFLUNICEF

ReadingIQ (Preschool-6th grade)
Access code: AOFLUNICEF

DPS online options:

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.


Baby Resources

Denver Health WIC call center- open 8-4:30 M-F –303-602-6550  Denver Health WIC Lactation Line- 303-602-9444

Formula, Diapers and Wipes Distributed at:

Denver Indian Family Resource Center  1633 Fillmore St., GL2 Denver, CO 80206 (720) 500-1020 Denver Metro

Families Forward Resource Center 12000 E. 47th Ave #113 Denver, CO 80239 303-307-0718 Denver

Focus Points Family Resource Center 2501 East 48th Ave, Denver, Colorado 80216 303-292-0770 Denver

Food Bank of the Rockies 10700 E. 45th Avenue, Denver, CO 80239 303-375-5823 Denver Metro

Gabriel House will continue to distribute DIAPERS, WIPES, FORMULA, and BABY FOOD at the following 3 locations

Denver Gabriel House 
1341 Oneida St. Denver CO 80220
Wednesdays (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) Fridays (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)

Aurora Gabriel House
13101 E. Mississippi Ave. Bldg. C1020 Aurora, CO 80012
Tuesdays (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) Saturdays (10 a.m.-1 p.m.)

All Saints Gabriel House
2559 S. Federal Blvd. Denver, CO 80219
Mondays and Saturdays (9:30 a.m.-12:30pm)

Resources for Older Adults

Services for Older Coloradans

The Colorado Department of Human Services has many resources for older Coloradans. Learn more at

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


Additional Housing Resources

Call ‘211’ for up-to-date shelter availability in your area

A Colorado Tenant’s Guide to COVID-19: For Coloradon’s struggling to pay their rent due to challenges caused by covid-19

Other Rental Support

How To Handle An Eviction Notice


Clothing Resources

Clothes to Kids offers free clothing for students aged 3-21. They are currently offering curb-side pickup and no requiring a referral.

To request a wardrobe send an e-mail to

HIV and COVID-19

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) web page

COVID-19 and People living with HIV: 

Syringe Access Services

More Information On COVID-19 and HIV

General Help

How To Protect yourself from COVID-19:

You can visit the following site for details on specific DMV locations:

Xcel Energy has suspended electric and natural gas service disconnections until further notice. They are also willing to arrange payment plans as needed.

ACLU Resource List for Undocumented Communities (English and Spanish):

Resources for Immigrants During Coronavirus Crisis:

Mile High United Way - Resource Search
Phone: 211

Find Help - Resource Search

Aunt Bertha - Resource Search

OnwardCO - For Coloradans impacted by job loss


Colorado Crisis Services provide free, confidential, professional and immediate support for any mental health, substance use or emotional concern, 24/7/365. Call 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional

Report Child Abuse and Neglect by calling the state hotline at 844-CO-4-KIDS (844-264-5437)

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free:1-800-799-7233 and through chat.

The Trans LifeLine for peer support for trans folks 9 a.m.-3 a.m. CT:1-877-565-8860 

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
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


If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1