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:
https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/covid-19/recovery-guidance/testing.html

Stimulus funding: In the days and weeks, each U.S. taxpayer who earns less than $75,000 per year will receive a $1200 check from the federal government along with an additional $500 for each dependent child. (For example a family with two parents and three children would receive $1200+$1200+$500+$500+$500=$3900) More information is available at this link.

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 http://211.org/ 

Energy Assistance: The deadline to apply for energy assistance in 2020 has been extended from April 30 to September 30. If you have not applied for funds, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Funding is currently available but may run out at any time. If you previously applied and were denied we encourage you to reapply. Funding opportunities have changed and you may now be eligible for these funds. Website: www.colorado.gov/PEAK or Call: 866-HEAT-HELP (866-432-8435)

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 https://colorado.gov/PEAK 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 https://denverfoodrescue.org/ 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.

Internet

FREE Internet Essentials Package from Comcast for low-income families

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

Apply Online: www.internetessentials.com/covid19 or call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) 

Returning to School During Covid-19

Mental Health

Mental Health Center of Denver: mhcd.org

Insurance/Medicaid

Connect for Health Colorado: https://connectforhealthco.com/

Denver Human Services

https://www.denvergov.org/humanresources

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 www.denvergov.org/humanservices.

 

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 http://theconversationprojectinboulder.org/covid-19-resources/ 
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: https://www.lovenortheastdenver.com/

For Denver Metro Area: https://remark.eco/adopt-a-family-covid/colorado/denver/

 
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Additional Financial Resources

Paid sick leave: Workers in certain industries are eligible for up to four days of paid sick leave when experiencing flu-like symptoms AND awaiting test results for COVID-19. For more information: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/colorado-health-emergency-leave-pay-%E2%80%9Ccolorado-help%E2%80%9D-rules

Bartenders and cocktail servers can apply to the USBG National Charitable Foundation's bartender emergency assistance program here: https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap

Service and Tips Worker's Fund: https://ofwemergencyfund.org/help  

Click here for the Front Range Mutual Aid Request Form

Additional Food Resources

DPS Food Distribution for Kids: https://www.dpsk12.org/coronavirus/food-distribution/ 

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 www.denvergov.org/TastyFood

For Access-A-Ride recipients: Free Grocery Store delivery! See more in link: https://www.rtd-denver.com/services/access-a-ride

Full List of Emergency Food Assistance: https://www.foodbankrockies.org/emergency-assistance/

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 https://www.hungerfreecolorado.org/covid-19/

Additional Food Resources through Denver Food Rescue: https://docs.google.com/document/d/10wVDylw7bnSfBgXnkz9OgKd0HCoU5gZ6YaOKAUFDv64/mobilebasic

 

Education Resources

ABCMouse (Preschool-2nd grade)
www.ABCmouse.com/redeem
Access code: AOFLUNICEF

ReadingIQ (Preschool-6th grade)
www.ReadingIQ.com/redeem
Access code: AOFLUNICEF

DPS online options:
https://www.dpsk12.org/coronavirus/#familyresources

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
303-377-1577
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
720-325-3216
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
720-325-4338
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 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.

 

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 https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQABJuY4-YZmSk_OEYKOaWD4Vmw1_7wiDHmEoIjTqoBnqPsfQgNXDQgYf5_hT9zJjejaIfAfMnVBJZn/pub

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 appointment@clothestokidsdenver.org

HIV and COVID-19

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

COVID-19 and People living with HIV:  https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/sti-hiv-covid 

Syringe Access Services

More Information On COVID-19 and HIV

General Help

How To Protect yourself from COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

You can visit the following site for details on specific DMV locations: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dmv/closures-and-delays

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): https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/1/d/1gTPHa4gKKZtP7LUoBxUgXn4G9mzT4Fi86tTQ_DT-eAE/htmlview?fbclid=IwAR1xCvwqgp742_6GP00rtIqPq6mSni5NucfgByWa0l5dZ253Uy6NOVPnNXI

Resources for Immigrants During Coronavirus Crisis: https://www.informedimmigrant.com/guides/coronavirus/

Mile High United Way - Resource Search
Phone: 211
Website: www.211colorado.org

Find Help - Resource Search
https://findhelp.org/

Aunt Bertha - Resource Search
www.auntbertha.com

OnwardCO - For Coloradans impacted by job loss
https://onwardco.org/

Safety

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 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

 

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