We know many neighbors are impacted financially by COVID-19. We are gathering resources for relief and wanted to share these updates with you all:
- Families and individuals can apply for social services benefits through the state of Colorado’s PEAK website. You can also apply for food or cash assistance (but not medical assistance) on a mobile device by downloading the MyCOBenefits app.
- Colorado Unemployment: UPDATE as of April 21, 2020: All eligible claimants will receive the extra $600/week benefit available under the CARES Act. The $600/week will be added to your regular benefit when you request payment on your claim. You do not need to take any action other than continue your regular payment request process. These benefits are retroactive to March 29, 2020. Apply on Colorado’s unemployment website.
- The LEAP energy assistance program deadline has been extended to accept applications for home energy assistance until August 31. The Colorado Department of Human Services’ LEAP program provides assistance with heating costs, equipment repair and/or replacement of inoperable heating tools, the program is not intended to pay the entire cost of home heating. However, they do aim to help alleviate some of the burdens that come with Colorado’s colder months.
- COVID Child Care for Essential Workers. Offered by the Emergenecy Child Care Collaborative, essential workers can apply for 100% tuition coverage for childcare services or to pay an in-home provider. Daycare and childcare centers can also sign-up to offer child care through this program.
- Boulder County is offering a virtual job fair site for businesses currently hiring. Many grocery stores in the area are hiring right now to meet the increased demands.
- Ask for a forbearance or deferment. If you are having trouble covering rent, mortgage, or utility bills, ask your lender if they will consider delaying the payment or work out a payment plan. Many companies are developing more flexible programs in response to the virus.
- Reports of domestic violence are increasing worldwide during the crisis. The National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-SAFE (7233) is a great resource and Colorado’s Domestic Violence Program includes local safehouses and treatment resources.
- Colorado 211 is a clearinghouse of programs and assistance for a wide range of needs.
No matter what you or your loved ones may be dealing with, please know you are not alone! Canyon Cares and our network of partner resources are here to help support our neighbors during this challenging time.