Basic Needs

Colorado

Hunger Free Colorado’s COVID-19 response provides the following resources:

  • Food Resource Line
  • School Meals
  • Food Pantry Locations
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Department of Human Services County Updates

Food Bank of the Rockies – Food Bank of the Rockies is open and will remain so through duration of COVID-19 crisis. Monitor their COVID-19 Plans and Procedures for updates.

Larimer, Weld, CSU

Resources for CSU Students and Community

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!

Rams Against Hunger Programs

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. Spring 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 members of our community (students, staff and faculty) may access the RAH Food Pantry through the lobby of the Lory Student Centre Theatre. Please bring your CSU ID card.
We ask that all visitors work with us to maintain social distancing guidelines and health protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Outreach representatives are available to assist with on-site SNAP applications (Wednesday and Thursday 4-7 PM)!

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

This program allows eligible students to apply for 60 meal swipes, which can be utilized at any CSU dining hall.

Rams Against Hunger Meal Swipe Program:

How it works

  • Students apply for dining hall meals via the application on this website.
  • Applications are evaluated by Student Financial Services (eligibility for the program is outlined below in the “eligibility” section).
  • Applicants will be notified of their selection by the Rams Against Hunger Program Coordinator – michael.buttram@colostate.edu. Applications are accepted year-round and are accommodated on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Selected applicants will receive up to 60 meals per semester on their RamCard. If an applicant applies mid semester, the number of meals they receive will be pro-rated. These meals are loaded electronically onto the recipient’s card. Recipients will be notified via email when their card has been loaded with meals and is ready to use in the residence hall dining centers.
  • Recipients can swipe their RamCard at any CSU dining hall. Hours and locations of CSU dining centers can be found here.
  • Recipients may reapply each semester.

Who is eligible

  • Undergraduate students enrolled at Colorado State University and registered for 6 or more credits

Criteria

  • Must have a valid RamCard (can be obtained at RamCard Office).
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution of 10,000 or less based on Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or CSU ASSET Bill Institutional Aid Application.
  • Must not currently have a meal plan at CSU Residential Dining Centers.
  • Priority will be given to students who have not received support from Rams Against Hunger previously.

For more information, email the Rams Against Hunger Coordinator or call 970-219-716 or follow @csu.ramsagainsthunger.

Ram Food Recovery Program:

New for Spring 2021, Ram Food Recovery will be offering 25 to-go meals a day Tuesday through Friday to support students, faculty, and staff experiencing food insecurity. 

Anyone with a CSU ID is welcome to sign up for text alerts for these meals. Because there are a limited number of meals each day, we ask members of the campus community to utilize this program no more than two times per week. A text alert will be sent out at the beginning of each week to share details about location, pick-up time, and menu. As much as possible, we will keep the location and pick-up time consistent.

Visit Rams Against Hunger’s website for more details and to sign up for the text chain and program.

Colorado

Larimer, Weld, CSU

Shelters, Meals, and Warming Centers

  • Murphy Center for Hope facilitate collaboration among independent agencies that offer an array of services for individuals and families who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.
  • Homeless Resource Guides in Fort Collins
  • Fort Collins Current Shelter and Services (effective November 7th 2020) – Murphy Center, Rescue Mission and Catholic Charities
  • Larimer County COVID-19 Isolation/Recovery/Quarantine Site for People Experiencing Homelessness
    • A site organized by the Health District of Northern Larimer County
    • For prioritizing the following:
      • A positive COVID-19 test and still in the recommended isolation period, OR
      • Symptoms consistent with COVID-19 until testing can be completed or asymptomatic and safe to return to the community, OR
      • A recent exposure to someone with COVID-19 and needing to quarantine
    • Phone: (970) 817-3516
    • Hours 8AM-6PM
    • Will provide transportation to site, meals, security, health monitoring and case management services
    • For questions, please email recoverysite@homewardalliance.org
  • Loveland’s 137 Homeless Connection is a day center that offers advocacy and case management for homeless adults.
  • Homeward Alliance Resource Guide – Explore a variety of resources, check frequently for COVID-19 related updates.
  • City of Fort Collins Social Sustainability – List of housing and service agencies for Larimer County. Low-income and affordable
  • Lutheran Campus Ministry (LuMin): offering laundry services, WiFi, and showers by request to CSU students in the LuMin Campus Ministry building Monday through Thursday 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm starting 9/21. Free storage also available to students who find themselves displaced during the semester and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Location: 805 S Shields St, Fort Collins, CO 80521.
    • Please call ahead at (970) 482-2160 to use the space.
    • Students will be able to reserve the washer and dryers for 3 hours, during which time they can relax, eat, do their homework, etc.
    • Parents are welcome to bring their children.

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

Utility Help Assistance for CSU affiliates
Behind on your utility payments? We can help! The CSU CARES Program and Student Case Management have partnered up with Energy Outreach Colorado to support CSU Affiliates (Students, Staff, & Faculty) struggling to make utility payments.

Program Eligibility

  • Gross household income at or below 80% of area median income (AMI)
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  • Past due/prior balance on utility bill or low/no bulk fuel (coal, firewood, kerosene, propane, oil, or pellets).
  • Applicant lives at service address on the bill
  • If applicant is not account holder, must have proof they are responsible for the bill
  • Households may receive assistance once per program year with up to two energy sources (Program year October 1st to September 30)

Click HERE to begin the application process (eID login required).

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:

Fort Collins Connexion – Wi-Fi for your home

State of Colorado resources for non-payment of utility bills

LifeLine Telecommunications – Discounts on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers.  Administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).

Salvation Army – Utility assistance

CSU Students (Office of Financial Aid)

Below are some resources to help you pursue funding for your education:

We do encourage students who are experiencing a financial hardship to reach out to the Office of Financial Aid to see if you have exhausted your aid eligibility for the semester or whether you may qualify for some additional funding opportunities (determined by availability of funding and demonstrated financial need).  

Please connect with the Office of Financial Aid for an individual assessment. From that assessment, the Office of Financial Aid will determine possible financial aid options.  

CSU Career Center – Resources for Students, Career Fair information and COVID-19 Recovery

  • Handshake – Job/Internship postings. Log in with your eID.

Larimer County

State of Colorado

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:

  • Cash Assistance
  • Nutrition Assistance
    • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance)
    • WIC (Women, Infants, & Children) – A supplemental nutrition program. Follow link to read more and see if you qualify for WIC.
  • Childcare Assistance
    • Parents as Teachers
    • Nurse-Family Partnership for first-time moms
    • Head Start
    • Healthy Steps
    • School Nutrition Programs
    • Preschool Special Education
    • Early Intervention Colorado for Infants, Toddlers and Families (EI Colorado)
    • SafeCare Colorado
  • Energy
    • LEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program)
  • Healthcare
    • Health First CO (Colorado’s Medicaid Program)
    • Connect for Health CO
    • Child Health Plan Plus
    • Old Age Pension
  • Transit
    • RTD LiVe

Colorado Department of Labor and Unemployment – File and Manage your claim

Resources for Unemployed Workers

Federal

The Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020 – This bill (H.R. 133) became law on Dec. 27, 2020.  This COVID relief bill extends and modifies several provisions first enacted in the CARES Act (H.R.748).

  • Unemployment provisions through March 14, 2021. This includes federal pandemic unemployment assistance (FPUA) of $300/week.
  • The IRS Economic Impact Payment Information Center offers information regarding stimulus check eligibility and Get My Payment FAQs.
    • Check the status of your Economic Impact Payment here.
    • If you’re eligible, and don’t receive a payment – or if you don’t receive the full amount – you may be eligible to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit.
    • 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

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

  • Relief flexibilities extended through at least Sept. 30th, 2021

U.S. Small Business AdministrationCoronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan 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

  • 24/7 Help Line: (970) 482-3502

Alternatives to Violence – Domestic Violence shelter and resource in Loveland, CO

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.

  • 24/7 Victim Assistance Team hotline – (970) 492-4242. Or visit their site to chat with an advocate between 1-4 PM, Monday – Thursday. 

Colorado

Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) – is public health insurance for Coloradans who qualify.  You may qualify if you fall under one of the following categories and meet income guidelines:

  • Children ages 0-18 with household income under 260% Federal Poverty Level (FPL)
  • Pregnant women, over the age of 19, whose household income is under 260% FPL
  • Parents and Caretaker Relatives (you must have a dependent child) whose household income does not exceed 133% FPL
  • Adults without dependent children whose household income does not exceed 133% FPL

Check out Colorado.Gov Requirements to Qualify for Medical Assistance. Apply through Colorado PEAK and you may find out if you qualify immediately!

If you don’t qualify for Colorado Medicaid, you will be redirected to Connect for Health Colorado – Colorado’s Official Health Insurance Marketplace.

  • Uninsured Enrollment period from February 8 – May 15, 2021. Coloradans who are currently uninsured or have recently lost coverage can get health insurance that starts the first day of the month following plan selection.
  • You may be eligible for special enrollment (within 60 days) if have experienced a qualifying life change event, including:
    • Family additions or changes, loss of health insurance coverage, move or change in permanent residence or changes in income (for current enrollees only).
    • Members of federally-recognized tribes (and their household members on the same application) can change plans or sign up for a new plan once per month.
  • Check out their Financial Help page to see if you qualify for a lower cost.

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.

Eligibility, Fees and Service Charges at the CSU Health Network.

  • For students who have financially-qualified for Medicaid and Indian Health Service insurance coverage, primary care and psychiatry office visits will be provided at no additional cost. Financial Aid assistance may be available to help pay for the RamCare Supplement Program. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

CSU Health Network Medical and Counseling Services – check out their website for services and information including: 24/7 urgent mental health concern line, You@CSU, Silver Cloud (free online modules based on cognitive behavioral therapy) , and more!

Tell Someone – a CSU resource where you can report concerns about safety and mental health – yours or someone else’s. If you believe someone is at risk of immediate harm, call 911

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.

CSU

CSU COVID-19 Resources and Information – Information about screening and the COVID-19 reporter, testing, travel, and to submit a question.

Larimer County

Larimer County COVID-19 Information – Call, Text or visit their website for information on COVID-19 testing, FAQs, healthcare providers and facilities, travel, quarantine and isolation info, vaccinations, and more.

  • Call (970) 498-5500 (open Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm)
  • Text questions to (970) 999-1770 (response within 4 hours during business day)

To receive the latest information related to COVID-19 in Larimer County, text the word COVID19LC to 888777

Larimer County COVID 19 Resource Page

Colorado Spirit Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) –  24/7 COVID support line that is free, anonymous and confidential (970) 221-5551. CCP provides information, educational resources, and emotional support during the COVID-19 pandemic. CCP can provide you with information, education, emotional support, and get you to available resources. Check out their site for additional programing and resources!

Colorado

Colorado State Resource for COVID-19 Information

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 – Community Agencies/Service, Workforce-Related Services, Health Care and Mental Health, Community Child Care, Sports and Recreation, State and National

House of Neighborly Service most up-to-date details can be found on their facebook page

Loveland Rotary Kid’s Pack – a weekend hunger-relief program for children in the Thompson School District (including Berthound). Check for up-to-date details 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:

  • Cash Assistance Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children
  • Child Care Assistance
  • Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters
  • Parents as Teachers
  • Nurse-Family Partnership for first-time moms
  • Head Start
  • Healthy Steps
  • School Nutrition Programs
  • Preschool Special Education
  • Early Intervention Colorado for Infants, Toddlers and Families (EI Colorado)
  • SafeCare Colorado

Salvation Army Meal Assistance – COVID food box program can include necessary baby items like formula, diapers, and wipes.  Call (907) 207-4472 (Monday- Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM) to make an appointment.

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

Colorado State University and ASCSU partner to provide transit service to all students and university employees. Your RamCard is all you need to board a Transfort bus or MAX in Fort Collins.  See details here.

Around the Horn – map and details

TRANSFORT – Due to Covid-19, the Downtown and South Transit Centers are closed to the public. Fares are temporarily suspended and Transfort has implemented temporary service levels – Route Information Here. Passenger capacity on buses is limited. No standees allowed.

Parking & Transportation Services – other transport options including COLT (City of Loveland), RTD (Denver), GET (Greeley), Bustang, Greyhound, Airport Shuttles and more.

Bird Access – Community pricing option for low-income riders only that offers five 30-minute rides per day for only $5 a month.  For those enrolled or eligible for a government assistance program!

RamRide

  • RamRide has partnered with Lyft to offer discounted rides to CSU students!  Available 24/7 anywhere in the U.S.  Visit Ramride x Lyft to learn more!
  • RamRide Secure – Geared towards students without transportation security, students can now apply for $200 in Lyft ride credits. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with an initial priority deadline of Friday, February 26th
  • RamRide Food Ops – will deliver boxes of free food from the CSU Mobile Food Pantry (Rams Against Hunger) to on- and off-campus students, faculty, and staff.  Visit their site for details or email RamRide Food Ops with questions.

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

Libraries at Colorado State University

Murphy Center Technology and Digital Rooms – Areas provided for private remote meetings with doctors, case workers etc. Call 970-494-9940 for more information.

Fort Collins Connexion – Wifi for your home

LifeLine Telecommunications – Discounts on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers.  Administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).  

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.

Adult Learners and Veteran Services CSU – Check out their site for student Veteran 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

Colorado PEAK – Food, Parenting resources, utilities, Medicaid, etc.

  • Track your benefits (mobile apps) – MyCO Benefits or Fresh EBT (SNAP specific)

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

Fort Collins Vet Center – Hours, services, and locations

Larimer County Veterans Service Office – The Larimer County Veterans Service Office provides services to veterans and their families.

OnwardCO – Platform to search for free or reduced cost services like housing, medical care, food, job training, and more.

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 (city & Front Range), 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

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