COVID-19 resources for struggling families in Colorado

Working to support the needs of Coloradans through the pandemic and beyond

The dedicated staff of CCLP are working around the clock and in isolation during the coronavirus outbreak to ensure that decisions made by officials statewide and nationally do not further exacerbate the health and financial security of Coloradans facing poverty. Learn how you can support our work through this link.

Please refer to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s website for objective updates, guidelines and resources regarding COVID-19. Gov. Jared Polis’ Get Help Now web portal also provides a number of resources for all Coloradans’ basic needs.

Basic needs resources

For people with housing security issues amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve reposted the Eviction Lab’s explanation of the CDC’s eviction moratorium with guidelines and resources.

The Center for Health Progress has compiled a list of clinics by region including contact information. You should only go to an emergency room if you think that you have an emergency.

CO-HELP, the Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public, is a toll-free hotline set-up to provide information about COVID-19. Call 1-877-462-2911 with questions.

You can apply for Medicaid, Children’s Health Plan Plus and other public health plans through Colorado PEAK’s website.

Individuals can apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and special assistance for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) online through this link. People can get help connecting to food resources from Hunger Free Colorado’s Food Resource Hotline by calling 855-855-4626 (statewide) or 720-382-2920 (Denver-metro).

Developed by CCLP, this spreadsheet details health coverage changes in light of the coronavirus outbreak. It will be updated regularly.

People can apply for reduced-cost health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado through their website. Generally, enrollment in private health insurance is only available during open enrollment in December and January unless you have access to a special enrollment period because of a change to your job or household.

Apply for unemployment insurance online. As a result of high call volumes, the Department of Labor is asking that people with last names that start with A through M apply on Tuesday, Thursday, or Sunday after noon and that people with last names that start with M through Z apply on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday before noon. Private contractors, gig economy and seasonal workers not traditionally covered by unemployment will also receive emergency benefits under the CARES Act.

Out of work because of the COVID-19 crisis? There are options to provide health care and food while you find your bearings financially. Allison Summerton, a program manager at ConnectAurora, explains in this Aurora Sentinel op-ed.

Developed by CCLP’s Jack Regenbogen and the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project as part of a webinar with the Colorado Poverty Law Project, this slide show introduces attorneys to the basic principles of landlord-tenant law, discusses the eviction process in Colorado, and provides up-to-date information on various local, state and federal moratoria.

As lawmakers considered deep budgetary cuts triggered by the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis, CCLP published a 10-page analysis showing how the proposed cuts would have an adverse effect on health care access — particularly in rural parts of the state.

Other resources

In late July as the $600-dollar-a-week subsidy for unemployed workers was about to elapse, CCLP’s Charles Brennan published an issue brief making a case for why Congress should extend the Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program.

We worked with our partners to develop A Colorado Tenants Guide to COVID-19. The document is designed to help tenants navigate conversations with their landlords, respond to eviction proceedings and seek out support. A Spanish translation of the guide is also available.

Our partners with the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project compiled a dire forecast about the rise of evictions prompted by the COVID-19 crisis. The report was published by the Bell Policy Center.

Amid the economic turmoil triggered by the COVID-19 crisis, we have joined with more than 135 partners in co-signing a letter urging Colorado’s General Assembly to follow-through on a three-pronged plan to reduce drastic cuts in the state budget that would undermine the health and well being of Coloradans and their communities. Learn what you can do to help in our #RecoverCO Resources page.

The state of Colorado launched a new website, Help Colorado Now, for anyone looking to volunteer or donate to the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Our partners at Colorado Consumer Health Initiative established a Consumer Assistance Program that helps people understand how their health benefits work, navigate medical billing and claims issues, assist with appeals, enrollment problems, and help with complaints to the Division of Insurance, CDPHE, the Attorney General’s office and other agencies as needed. Clients can complete an inquiry form online or by calling 303-839-1261.

Learn what our coalition partners at the Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger doing to address food security during the COVID-19 crisis on their website.

Our partners at The Bell Policy Center developed a hub for ideas, analysis and resources relevant to the immediate and future responses Colorado can undertake to respond to our changing environment.