Helpful Community Resources

A good place to start is your county’s health/housing and human services department. The resources on your county’s website will be as up-to-date and comprehensive as possible and vetted by county staff. Resources include access to food, transportation, aging and disability services, housing, financial assistance, health and mental health care and more.

Boulder County Resources

In Boulder County go online to 

https://www.bouldercounty.org/departments/housing-and-human-services/covid-19/  or https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/disease/covid-19/boulder-county-online-services/  or

https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/disease/covid-19/covid-19-resources

Questions??

Due to high call volume, there may be a delay in response. You can call and leave a message at 303-441-1069. You will get a call back as soon as possible. Most offices are working remotely.

Boulder County has a robust nonprofit human services network.  Most are trained to respond to community crises and have adapted services accordingly. Some may loosen normal eligibility requirements and provide services to a wide range of community members who need assistance.  Do not be afraid to reach out if you need help in any of the following:

 

Health Care

Contact your current health care provider for any medical assistance you may need.  If you do not have a health care provider or have lost your health care insurance, Boulder County has several resources:

 https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/medical/

www.clinica.org   Clinica Campesina   High quality affordable family health clinic

www.saludclinic.org      Salud Family Health Centers  303-697-2583

https://www.bouldercounty.org/departments/public-health/

Income reduced? Take these actions now:

  1. If you can’t pay a bill on time, call the company. Many companies will work with you on a solution. See guidance from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

  2. If your income has been drastically reduced, apply for Colorado unemployment benefits.

  3. Access community resources and apply for public benefits. See more below.

  4. Avoid scams and offers of easy money. Never give your personal information or pay in response to an offer of help. See what the Federal Trade Commission has to say about this.

 

Unemployment Insurance

For information about unemployment insurance and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment visit https://myui.coworkforce.com/Welcome or call:

  • Denver Metro: 303-318-9000/ Toll-Free: 1-800-388-5515

  • Spanish Denver Metro: 303-318-9333/ Toll-Free: 1-866-422-0402

  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TTY) Denver Metro: 303-318-9016/ Toll Free: 1-800-894-7730\

 

If you need assistance with expenses or food:

Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA)
Food assistance/food bank, financial assistance for utilities, rent or mortgage, health services, and much more for Boulder and the southern mountains.
303-442-3042

Sister Carmen Community Center
Food assistance/food bank, financial assistance for utilities, rent or mortgage, health and transportation services, and much more for Lafayette, Louisville, Superior, and Erie.
303-665-4342

OUR Center
Food pantry, hot breakfasts & lunches, housing and rental assistance, basic health services, and more for residents of the St. Vrain Valley School District, including the northern mountains.
303-772-5529

Peak to Peak Alliance
Food assistance through pantries in Nederland, Ward, Lyons, and Allenspark, financial assistance for rent/mortgage, and other services and referrals with help from the Mountain Resource Liaisons.

 

Food Pantries

  • Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) in Boulder: Food Bank will be closed for shopping; grab-and-go food bags will be available for pick up at our main office on Yarmouth during regular business hours for Boulder and southern mountain residents.

  • OUR Center in Longmont: Food pantry and grab-and-go hot lunches for residents of the St. Vrain Valley School District, including the northern mountains.

  • Sister Carmen Community Center in Lafayette: Food bank distributing grab-and-go food bags for residents of Lafayette, Louisville, Superior, and Erie.

  • Community Food Share in Louisville: Serving residents of Boulder County and Broomfield County. Offering drive-through food distribution at their onsite pantry (schedule here). Families should remain in the car and staff or volunteers will load food into the car. Prepackaged boxes of food are also available through the Mobile Pantry program, visit this page for locations and an up-to-date schedule. New program participants do not need to worry about typical enrollment documentation/eligibility requirements (USDA programs excluded).

  • Nederland Food Pantry: Food Bank is closed for shopping. Boxes of food are available for pick-up every Saturday, and the first and last Thursdays of the month, from 10:00 am to noon, in the Nederland Community Center’s upper parking Lot.

  • Peak to Peak Alliance: Food assistance through pantries in Nederland, Ward, Lyons, and Allenspark, financial assistance for rent/mortgage, and other services and referrals with help from the Mountain Resource Liaisons.

General inquiries regarding nutrition programs and meal deliveries.

 

Meals on Wheels Boulder    www.mowboulder.org

Meals on Wheels Longmont    www.longmontmeals.org

 

Transportation

Via Mobility Services www.viacolorado.org  provides low-cost, on-demand paratransit and mobility options for low-income individuals, older adults and those with disabilities. Multi-county nonprofit transportation services provider. 303-444-3043 or mobilityspecialist@viacolorado.org

 

Child Care

Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative, March 19, 2020 (information provided by the Early Childhood Council of Boulder County)

 

Please visit covidchildcarecolorado.com for more complete information.

There is a new effort to match available childcare options to critical personnel across the state. The Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative is collecting information from parents and programs to connect the essential service sectors with childcare:

 

Talking with kids about the coronavirus

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html

 

 

Mental Health Supports

Mental Health Partners
Mental health supports are available at the 24/7 Crisis Center. Clinicians are operating remotely at this time. Individual clinicians will contact patients for appointments and changes. https://www.mhpcolorado.org/

National Helpline
Treatment referrals and information is available 24/7 at 1-800-662-HELP.

Suicide Prevention

Infectious disease outbreaks such as COVID-19, as well as other public health events, can cause emotional distress and anxiety. Feeling anxious, confused, overwhelmed or powerless is common during an infectious disease outbreak, especially in the face of a virus with which the general public may be unfamiliar. These feelings of distress and anxiety can occur even if you are not at high risk of getting sick.. The Suicide Prevention Hotline has people available to provide free and confidential support 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8355. See their website for additional supports.

 

Emergency Rental Assistance

We recognize the ability for renters to cover the costs of their housing is a significant concern for many in our community at this moment. We are working closely with our partners at the federal, state, and local levels to determine how best to address the need and will share more information here when we have it.

  • Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA): Financial assistance available for utilities, rent or mortgage assistance for Boulder and southern mountain residents

  • OUR Center: Housing and rental assistance available for residents of the St. Vrain Valley School District, including the northern mountains.

  • Sister Carmen Community Center: Housing and rental assistance available for residents of Lafayette, Louisville, Superior, and Erie.

 

Resources for Homeless Individuals

COVID-19 Recovery Center (Boulder) – by referral only, no walk-ups

On Friday, March 20, a COVID-19 Recovery Center (CRC) for unhoused individuals opened at the East Boulder Community Center to serve homeless individuals from Boulder and Longmont. Individuals who appear to show symptoms of COVID-19 and who will require further testing will be transported from homeless shelters to the CRC. At the CRC, individuals who are symptomatic or have tested positive for COVID-19 can be in isolation for 10 to 14 days. Homeless shelters have begun daily screenings for clients and will be identifying individuals who require further care. The CRC is not a walk-up service, and individuals must be screened through an existing shelter program. Individuals in Boulder needing any shelter service are strongly encouraged to contact Boulder Coordinated Entry at 303-579-4404.

Individuals in Longmont needing to contact Coordinated Entry: please call 303-579-7364 between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

Shelter, food, medical care resources:

https://bouldershelter.org/covid-19-response/

https://boulderbridgehouse.org/

 

Affordable Rentals

Boulder County Housing Authority site contains information on affordable apartment units throughout Boulder County at below-market-rate for seniors, families, and individuals. Some units have rent below market rate while others limit rental rates to 30 percent of your income. We can help you find what’s available and apply for your own unit.

Subsidized Housing

Boulder County Housing Authority manages several housing voucher programs, including Housing Choice Vouchers (also known as Section 8). Help is available for low-income families and individuals, families in the Boulder County school districts, and veterans.

Internet & Utilities

  • Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP): Assists low-income families and individuals with their heating costs (ends April 30th).

  • Xcel Energy: Announced no shut-offs during the emergency. Call to discuss with a representative 800-895-4999

  • Comcast Internet Essentials: Offering 2 months free service (monthly fee of $9.95 monthly fee after first two months).

  • Xfinity: Find a hotspot and connect for free (requires Xfinity app on phone).
     

COVID-19 Specific Resources

With the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, we know this is a time of uncertainty for many in our community. Stay informed about coronvirus (COVID-19) at https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus. Information on COVID-19 Testing can be found here: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/covid-19-testing

Additional state resources and information: https://covid19.colorado.gov/

Boulder County Office of Emergency Management https://www.boulderoem.com/  You can sign up for regular updates on COVID-19 and emergency/public health responses.