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:

Rapid At-Home Testing Program:
In an effort to give Coloradans the tools they need to keep their families safe, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is providing free over-the-counter tests for parents, guardians, and caregivers to administer to school-aged children at-home.

The program complements other tools in CDPHE’s COVID-19 toolbox, including in-school screening testing, free community testing sites, and other point-of-care testing programs; while also ensuring all Coloradans have access to multiple free COVID-19 testing options. The program is designed specifically to provide parents, guardians, and caregivers some peace of mind by making it easy to test their children and help keep schools open.

All Coloradans are also eligible to sign up to receive these rapid response kits directly at their homes free of charge.

To learn more about the program click here.

Energy Assistance: For Assistance through Energy Outreach Colorado please call 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435).

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

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

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


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.

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!   

Afterschool Programs

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

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Additional Food Resources

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

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


Education Resources

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

For a complete list of baby resources in the community, please request one from your Denver Health clinic social worker or from Denver Human Services via email at


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.

To find the most up-to-date information about Denver shelters please visit Find Shelter - City and County of Denver.

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

General Help

How To Protect yourself from COVID-19:

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

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


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