Community Resources

Colorado Peak

Colorado PEAK – An online platform that will allow you to apply for a variety of benefits with one application. Click here  to complete a brief eligibility screening for the following programs:

  • Cash Assistance Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • Food Assistance (See Food Insecurity for help applying)
  • Child Care Assistance
  • Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)
  • Parents as Teachers (PAT)
  • Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) for first-time moms
  • Head Start
  • Healthy Steps
  • School Nutrition Programs
  • Preschool Special Education
  • Early Intervention Colorado for Infants, Toddlers and Families (EI Colorado)
  • Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) – Application Season extended through April 30th, 2020
  • SafeCare Colorad

Food Insecurity

Colorado

Hunger Free Colorado’s COVID-19 (hyperlink to https://www.hungerfreecolorado.org/covid-19/ provides the following resources:

  • Food Resource Line
  • School Meals
  • Food Pantry Locations
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – See Colorado Peak

Food Bank of the Rockies – Stay-at-home and workforce reduction orders do not apply to Food Bank of the Rockies and critical emergency food distribution services. Monitor their COVID-19 Plans and Procedures, as things may change.

Larimer, Weld, CSU

Resources for CSU Students

Rams Against Hunger – Food relief for Colorado State University Community

On-campus food distribution – beginning Thursday, April 23 at the Lory Student Center Theatre:

  • 3-7 p.m., Monday and Thursdays
  • 8 a.m. – noon, Tuesdays and Fridays

The distribution site is open to anyone with a CSU ID.

To access the site, enter the south entrance of the Lory Student Center and follow the signs.

Anyone visiting the site must adhere to strict social distancing guidelines and health protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

CSU Pocket Pantries (active locations)

  • Lory Student Center- level 200 – ASCSU Plaza-side entrance
    Please “swipe” your CSU ID to enter the Pocket Pantry doors
  • University Housing – Aggie Village Family Apartments
    Aggie Village Family Center – 501 West Prospect St, Building 24
  • University Housing – University Village Center Apartments
    1500, 1600, 1700 West Plum

Housing Insecurity

Colorado

Larimer, Weld, CSU

Shelters, Meals, and Warming Centers

Further Housing Resources

Off-Campus Life – Housing resources for Colorado State University students. Continue to check their Remote Resource Access Page for up-to-date contact information and services. 

CSU’s Student Legal Services – COVID-19 Resources for current and future leases.

Utilities Assistance

City of Fort Collins Social Sustainability – Discounts Programs, Rebates and Services.  Take an Income-Qualifying Eligibility Quiz here. 

Utility Assistance ProgramsThe City of Fort Collins offers the opportunity to apply for a variety of, including:

  • Payment Assistance for COVID-19
  • Payment Assistance Fund
  • Income-Qualified Assistance Program
  • Efficiency Installation and Repair Programs

If you need assistance with your utilities, see Colorado PEAK’s LEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program) and, if you live in Fort Collins, City of Fort Collins Utility Assistance Programs. 


Unemployment and Government Aid

State of Colorado

Larimer County

Larimer County Office of Economic & Workforce Development

CARES Act

This bill (H.R.748) became law on March 26. National Public Radio presents a look at the details of the bill: “What’s Inside The Senate’s $2 Trillion Coronavirus Aid Package

The IRS Economic Impact Payment Information Center offers information regarding stimulus check eligibility and Get My Payment FAQs.

  • College students claimed by on their parent’s tax return or those under the age of 24 with parents that pay for at least half their expenses
  • Those without legal permanent residency; including those ineligible for a Social Security number, but paying taxes using an individual taxpayer identification number.
  • Individuals who have not filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return

CARES Act Emergency Grant Application – Access via RAMweb

U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid – Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents

U.S. Department of Labor – Unemployment Insurance Relief during COVID-19 (CAREs Act FAQs)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

This bill (H.R.6201) became law on March 18 and provides sick leave and the expansion of benefit programs. Temple University’s Hope Center presents a look at “The #RealCollege Student Implications of The Families First Coronavirus Response Act.”

Forgivable Small Business Administration Loans

Sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed persons – including “gig workers” – may be eligible for forgivable loans from the Small Business Administration, which can be applied for through participating lenders. For more information visit:
https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp


Domestic Violence Resources

National Domestic Violence Hotline resources

Crossroads Safehouse offers services to survivors of abuse

CSU Student Resources

Pride Resource Center – Available remotely for Colorado State students.  Please visit their Colorado Community Resource Page.

Women and Gender Advocacy Center continues to offer confidential victim advocacy and educational programming. They are hosting virtual office hours and online events, as well as answering phones.

Staff are producing COVID related interpersonal violence podcast episodes.


Health Insurance

Colorado

Coloradoans who are currently uninsured or are losing health insurance due to COVID-19 can now get coverage that starts April 1, 2020.  Connect for Health Colorado has opened an emergency Special Enrollment period from Friday, March 20, now extended through April 30th, 2020.  Please click here for more information.  

Community Health Resources

CSU Students 

For CSU students who have lost coverage in the past 30 days and are interested in enrolling in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), please email csuhn_insurance@colostate.edu.

Out of State

If you are currently living outside of Colorado, please check your state healthcare website or visit healthcare.gov to enroll in new insurance.

Resources for Parents

Colorado Office of Early Childhood COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

CSU’s Adult Learner and Veterans Services student parent resources

La Familia/The Family Center – Offering programs in Early Care and Education, Healthy Living, Family Strengthening, Adult Education and Resource and Referral.  Emphasis on serving the Latinx/Spanish speaking population. 

Poudre School District’s Community Resources for Parents

House of Neighborly Service details related to COVID-19 response.

Loveland Rotary Kid’s Pack Facebook page for the most up-to-date distribution sites and COVID-19 service modifications

National Association of School Psychologists COVID-19 Resources Center

Colorado PEAK Assistance Programs – An online platform that will allow you to apply for a variety of benefits with one application. Click here to complete a brief eligibility screening for the following programs:

Support for Undocumented and Immigrant Families

United Way in Colorado – provides information about food and medical assistance, mental health resources, unemployment resources, utilities/rent assistance and other resources. Contact them via their website or by calling 2-1-1.

  • Locations in Denver, Craig, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Steamboat Springs, Rifle, Edwards, Grand Junction, and Fort Morgan
  • United Way of Larimer County – Living resources lists (available in Spanish and English), created by residents of Larimer County and maintained by United Way of Larimer County.

City of Fort Collins Social Sustainability – Discounts Programs, Rebates and Services. Take an Income-Qualifying Eligibility Quiz here.

Colorado Center on Law & Policy – Immigrant eligibility for various safety net programs and what alternatives there are for groups facing eligibility restrictions: COVID-19 Resources for Immigrant Families

Center for Health Progress resource guide

CSU Support Services for Undocumented, DACA and ASSET

United We Dream healthcare access

Additional Assistance

These sites provide a summary of financial, food, housing, childcare, utilities, unemployment, safety, health insurance, undocumented/immigrant family assistance, if you find yourself in need.

Matthews House COVID-19 Community Resources – Matthews House – COVID-19 Community Resources

Aunt Bertha is a social care network resource hub provides information on how to access assistance with food, housing, goods, transit, health, money, care, education, work and legal services.

Colorado Crisis Services State Hotline confidential, 24/7, support

CSU’s Office of the Vice President of Diversity’s April 2020 – Special COVID-19 ISSUE offers resources regarding equity, community resources and accessibility.

COLT (City of Loveland Transit) – Effective April 1 to June 1, 2020, all buses will be running fare-free

TRANSFORT – Modified service COVID-19 (Route Suspensions and Service Reduction April 18 – TBD)

Tech Support

CSU’s Academic Computing & Networking Services

Libraries at Colorado State University

Check details for the Student Laptop Request Form Waitlist, for additional questions contact library_help@colostate.edu