Community Resources

Need Money for Groceries? SNAP might be able to Help!

We are here to answer your question and help you navigate the benefit process.  This service is available to CSU students, faculty and staff!

For more information, check out our SNAP page!  Or contact SNAP4Rams@colostate.edu or call us at (970) 491-8051.  You can also choose provide us with a bit of basic information and we will reach out to you directly regarding your case!

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)

Pandemic EBT

Pandemic EBT is now being issued to students who were eligible for free or reduced priced meals last school year (2019-20).  Apply here – https://coloradopeak.secure.force.com/pebt

  • Receive up to $279 per eligible child to stretch your food budget
  • Issued regardless of Immigration status.
  • Not subject to the public charge rule.
  • P-EBT FAQs 
  • Questions? – contact SNAP4Rams@colostate.edu

Larimer, Weld, CSU

Resources for CSU Students

To help address significant financial stress and food insecurity brought about by COVID 19, Rams Against Hunger is hosting a food distribution site out of the Lory Student Center Theatre.  Fall hours of operation are as follows:

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesdays: 4:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Thursdays: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Fridays: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

All CSU students, staff and faculty may select from a variety of fresh, refrigerated and shelf-stable foods. 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.

Pocket pantries now in three 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 – Landlord-Tenant Issues


Utilities Assistance

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

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. 

The City of Fort Collins offers the opportunity to apply for a variety of, including:

State of Colorado resources for non-payment of utility bills

Salvation Army – 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

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment – ALERT: The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, which has been providing claimants with $600 in additional unemployment benefits each week, expires the week ending July 25, 2020

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

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:

US Small Business Administration (SBA) – ENDED AUGUST 8, 2020

Domestic Violence Resources

National Domestic Violence Hotline resources

  • Call Hotline Number: 1-800-799-7233
  • Text Hotline Number: 1-800-787-3224
  • Chat Online

Crossroads Safehouse offers services to survivors of abuse

CSU Student Resources


Health Insurance

Colorado

Coloradoans who have recently experienced a job loss or loss of income, might qualify for a 60-day Special Enrollment period with Connect for Health Colorado, which will allow you to sign up for a new health insurance plan or to change your current plan. Visit the When Can I Sign Up to learn more.

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

CSU CARE program Childcare Resource List

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 can be found on their facebook page

Loveland Rotary Kid’s Pack details related to COVID-19 response can be found on their facebook page 

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

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 

CSU Support Services for Undocumented, DACA and ASSET – Check out their comprehensive list of resources, FAQs and student specific info.

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.

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.

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

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

COLT (City of Loveland Transit) 

TRANSFORT – All Transfort Transit Centers are closed to the public and fares are temporarily suspended. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Transfort has implemented temporary service levels(7/13 – TBA).

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.

Wifi and Connectivity

CSU’s Academic Computing & Networking Services – See the Keep Learning page for technology specific resources and internet access suggestions

Libraries at Colorado State University

Murphy Center Technology and Digital Rooms