Resource Book for Families: COVID-19
City of Denver COVID-19 Info:
State of Colorado COVID-19 info:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC shares and updates on this ever-changing situation:
World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO provides updates on COVID-19 and how to respond:
Crisis Text Line
Text “HOME” to 741741 to speak to a trained Crisis Counselor
National Mental Health Alliance (NAMI)
Free resources, support, and information at https://nami.org/
NAMI Hotline: 1-800-950-6264
Text NAMI to 741741
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
Text HELLO to: 741741
Online Chat: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)
Resources to manage stress and anxiety: https://adaa.org/finding-help/coronavirus-anxiety-helpful-resources?fbclid=IwAR2bMqtMo4S3wlyDt0O2X2pG2tlPCxFNYwUNpKF2XrdKE_dLO1rRGyLjNuo
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Text LOVEIS to: 22522
CHAT at https://www.thehotline.org/
National Child Abuse Hotline
Live chat available here: https://www.childhelp.org/childhelp-hotline/
Safe Space for LGBTQ+ Youth
The Trevor Project
Text START to: 678678
Q chat space https://www.qchatspace.org/
Mental Health America
Compiled list of resources for mental health during COVID-19 https://mhanational.org/covid19?fbclid=IwAR1Er8wHHFACss6IAOSCCttKHUlow1OHUoQJzlzVTpwcekETBjXHD_JuwVw
Mindfulness app with extended free trial during COVID-19 (subscription is now free for all healthcare professionals) https://www.headspace.com/
Food Resource Hotline
Call 855-855-4626, M - F (8 am - 4:30 pm) to find school meals, food pantries, and SNAP and WIC enrollment.
This map provides the locations of food distribution sites available in Denver right now. Enter your zip code in the search bar to find locations near you and details of the distribution site:
DPS Food Distribution
Breakfast and Lunch (plus powersacks): Monday-Friday from 11am-12:30pm DPS is offering free weekday breakfast and lunch to students and families in need at Grab-and-Go sites throughout the city until circumstances change. Vegetarian options are available. To prioritize social distancing, families are not allowed to eat on site. DPS is not able to provide transportation to the Grab-and-Go sites. Breakfast and lunch are also available for adults and can be picked up every weekday. In addition, weekend breakfast and lunch are available for families to pick up every Friday. The adult and weekend meals are made possible by fundraising from the DPS Foundation. DPS also provides weekday meal delivery service to schools and community locations throughout the city. Yellow school buses will stop at each site for 20-30 minutes to hand out breakfast and lunch for the remainder of the school year. On Fridays, weekend breakfast and lunch are also available for pickup.
In addition, Food for Thought Denver is providing Powersacks at all DPS Grab-and-Go sites, every Friday until circumstances change. Each Powersack will contain enough non-perishable food for a family of four for two days. These sacks are available for anyone in need, not just for our DPS students.
Find DPS distribution locations here: https://www.dpsk12.org/coronavirus/food-distribution/
Dinner: Rec Center Meal Pickup, Monday–Friday 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tasty Food will be providing grab-and-go suppers for youth, ages 1 – 18, at select Denver recreation centers during the weekdays. No ID or registration required. The distribution occurs at the following sites:
Pre-packed food boxes:
Community Food Share will move to a drive-through model where families can receive pre-packaged boxes of food once a week from their onsite food pantry
Joy’s Kitchen offers pre-packed food boxes for pick-up. See calendar for pick-up locations and times:
Same Cafe will continue to provide healthy, hot to-go meals from 11am-2:30pm Monday-Saturday. They will serve food to everyone regardless of ability to pay https://www.soallmayeat.org/home
Free Meals for Elderly and Homebound Families:
Denver Metro Emergency Food Network will provide free prepared meals to homebound families and elderly individuals during the COVID-19 crisis:
Food Banks (updated in real time):
Fill out this form to have groceries and other supplies delivered to your door free of charge
Grocery Stores with Special Hours for Senior and Immunocompromised Citizens
Safeway and Albertsons: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7am-9am
Target: First shopping hour every Wednesday morning
Whole Foods: 7am-8am
Dollar General: First hour after opening
King Soopers: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7-8am
Walmart: One hour before opening on Tuesdays
Reimbursement for Groceries (for those with SNAP)
Pay with your EBT Card and scan the receipt to be reimbursed up to $50 per grocery bill:
Job searching in Colorado visit https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/job-search
Department of Labor and Employment is hiring temporary aids for claims intake (online) https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/2752284/temporary-aide-claims-intake-unemployment-insurance?fbclid=IwAR3UWrH0zO9b6e6C33mMfmTRgyDYQYGBM9mBXInGe1rtWgqyLjEhyUXtbro
USPS is hiring for Tractor Trailer Operator in Denver
Valet Living is a public health and sanitation service currently hiring https://www.valetliving.com/careers/
Amazon is also hiring warehouse workers in Denver, Aurora, Thorton, and Loveland due to high demand during COVID-19:
Natural Grocers hiring for temporary cleaning positions:
King Soopers is hiring for a variety of positions:
Safeway/Albertsons is hiring for a variety of positions:
Walmart is hiring and providing cash bonuses to hourly associates:
CVS is currently hiring for a variety of positions:
Announcement: Mayor Hancock has asked sheriff deputies to suspend serving eviction notices
To Find Shelter in Denver
New Cold-Weather Shelter
Daytime warming shelters now at La Alma Lincoln Park Rec Center (1325 W 11th Ave) and St. Francis Center Day Shelter Overflow. Please visit Find Shelter or call 211 for more information.
Mile High Behavioral Healthcare/Comitis Crisis Center: Provides emergency shelter and behavioral health services https://comitiscrisiscenter.org/
Denver Rescue Mission: Provides shelter and meals https://t.co/tgDR5XrLJE
SafeHouse Denver: Provides emergency crisis line and shelter for victims of domestic violence https://safehouse-denver.org/
Rental/Utility Assistance: Temporary assistance for those in crisis
COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project: This is a community legal project offering free legal support and assistance speaking to landlords to people who are unable to pay their rent right now Eviction Defense Project
COVID-19 Colorado Health
For general medical help and questions or to discover if you need to schedule an in-person doctor visit call your primary care provider or find a list of nurselines on the state health department’s website: covid19.colorado.gov/telehealth-nurselines-directory.
People can visit covid19.colorado.gov or call 303-389-1687 for general questions about COVID.
COVID-19 Testing in Colorado
Find information regarding testing and testing locations: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/covid-19-testing
Special Enrollment Period March 20- April 3 (coverage will begin April 1)
Call: 855-PLANS-4-YOU (855-752-6749)
First Health Colorado and Child Health Plan Plus (Medicaid)
Information regarding your benefits and COVID-19: https://www.healthfirstcolorado.com/covid/
Information regarding your benefits and COVID-19: https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/colorado-denver-boulder-mountain-northern/health-wellness/coronavirus-information
Denver Health Medical Plan
Information regarding your benefits and COVID-19:
Telehealth (remote/online) health appointments
$10 appointments available with Clinica Colorado:
Denver Initial Economic Relief Package for Businesses and Employees
For information, screening, and access to food, medical, cash, and early childhood assistance programs visit https://coloradopeak.secure.force.com/
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
For information visit: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap
Colorado Works/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
For information visit:
One Fair Wage Emergency Fund
For restaurant/food service workers or Uber/Lyft drivers in need of funds: https://ofwemergencyfund.org/?fbclid=IwAR3FD92qd2UUovd48tGNm9-_SnM-0zcdeGo_g1bga1leqADX254jICsh9iU
Comcast offers 2 months of free internet to qualifying low-income families:
Xfinity Wifi Hotspots are now available free to everyone. Find one nearest you: https://wifi.xfinity.com/
Xfinity customers now receive unlimited data and will not be disconnected from services due to inability to pay.
Assistance with energy bills:
Xcel, Comcast/Xfinity, and Denver Water have announced that they are suspending utility shut offs for non-payment while we are in a state of emergency
T-Mobile has announced that they will not terminate service because of inability to pay, they will waive any late fees and they will open up Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them
Over 390 additional companies have signed the Keep America Connected Pledge, which means that they will:
1) Not terminate service to customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.
2) Waive late fees caused by circumstances related to COVID-19.
Work Share Benefits
If you or your employer is able to reduce employee hours rather than laying off employees you may be eligible for the work share program https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/WorkShareInfoEmployers_0.pdf
Job Attached Unemployment Benefits
If your employer is experiencing an extended closure (up to 16 weeks) and you plan to return to your employer after the closure you may be eligible to Job Attached Unemployment benefits https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/eligibility
Filing for Unemployment Benefits:
Anyone who is working fewer than 32 hours a week and who is earning less than approximately 55 percent of their average wage over a 12-month time period are eligible to receive unemployment benefits. This is true for those who have had their work hours reduced due to COVID-19 closures.
Small Businesses Emergency Relief Fund
For businesses and employees affected by the city’s public health response to COVID-19 visit: Small Businesses Emergency Relief Form
Workers in certain industries are eligible for up to four days of paid sick leave when experiencing flu-like symptoms AND awaiting test results for COVID-19. The covered industries are: leisure and hospitality; food services; child care; education, including transportation, food service, and related work at educational establishments; home health, if working with elderly, disabled, ill, or otherwise high-risk individuals and; nursing homes and community living facilities https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/information-and-resources-coronavirus
Free Grocery Delivery
Fill out this questionnaire to request grocery delivery and other support. Immigration status remains anonymous:
Seeking Healthcare does NOT affect Public Charge:
Those who are sick with COVID-19 symptoms should seek healthcare immediately. This will NOT affect a public charge analysis for those seeking citizenship at a later date:
The State of Colorado has established a child care program for all emergency and essential workers, to offer support to those who are most essential to containing and treating the virus and protecting our most vulnerable populations. To register for this child care program, please visit Emergency Child Care or dial 2-1-1 for additional questions.
Health care providers and staff: Doctors, nurses, and all hospital support personnel, including maintenance and janitorial staff, who are so essential to maintaining our health system.
Public safety: Police, firefighters, EMT, Department of Corrections.
Staff supporting critically at-risk populations: Long-term care facilities, mental health facilities, residential facilities subject to available capacity.
This care will be free to families for two weeks and will serve youth 5-12 years of age.
Operation hours: Monday-Friday, 6:30am – 7:00pm
Central Park Recreation Center- Opening March 25th
9651 MLK Jr. Blvd.
Denver, CO 80238
Carla Madison Recreation Center – Opening March 30th
2401 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
Johnson Recreation Center- Opening March 30th
4809 Race St., Denver, CO 80216
Federal Response: $2 Trillion Aid Package
An unprecedented $2 trillion stimulus package was signed into law. This package includes sending direct payments to taxpayers, increasing unemployment benefits, providing small businesses that keep their workers with emergency loans, providing distressed companies with government bailouts and providing hospitals with $100 billion in aid. The New York Times is providing live updates on this package here.
Receiving your direct payment
Single adults with Social Security numbers who are U.S. residents and have an annual gross income (income before taxes) of $75,000 or less will receive $1,200. Married adults with an annual gross income of $150,000 or less will receive $2,400. For every child age 16 or younger, you will receive an additional $500. You do NOT have to apply to receive this payment. These payments are expected to come within the next three weeks.
Expanding unemployment benefits
This bill more than doubles the average unemployment benefit by adding $600 to the weekly benefit. It will also allow self-employed and part-time workers to receive benefits, expanding the number of Americans that are covered.
Delaying student loan payments
Under this bill you can delay student loan payments for up to 6 months. Interest will not accrue until September 30th, without penalty. You must request this delay.
For more F.A.Q on stimulus checks, unemployment and the Coronavirus bill, click here.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Signed on March 18th. To read more on what this Act includes, click here.
The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental
Signed on March 6th. See what this $8.3 billion package includes here.
For more information on the federal response to COVID-19, click here.