Most of us have been affected in some way or another by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have compiled this list of resources that are available to help those who are in need of financial or social support. Please feel free to share!
(last updated 5/7/2020)
Helpful websites and publications!
- IRS.gov - find information on if you are eligible and when you can expect your federal stimulus check.
- Benefits.gov - This is a great site that helps you understand what govt assistance you are eligible for based on your individual situation.
- COVID-19 Federal stimulus package FAQs: The NY Times published a great article on 3/31 that simplifies the stimulus package details. Find information here about stimulus check eligibility, unemployment, rent payment assistance, student loan payment timelines, etc.
- Find Help with Aunt Bertha - This website compiles thousands of social services programs into one place. Search for available assistance by your zip code!
- If you are currently out of work or furloughed as a W-2 employee, gig worker or independent contractor, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Check out our resource guide with FAQs and links to state sites here.
- HOW TO APPLY: Please visit your state's unemployment department site for more information and to complete the application. The standard processing time is 2-6 weeks but you will be paid any back funds owed due to any processing delays. Be sure to have your tax returns and/or wage information and employer contact details for 2018 & 2019 to reference while completing your application.
- ADDITIONAL FEDERAL BENEFITS: The federal government is currently supplementing state unemployment benefits by $600/week through 7/25/2020. Once you apply and are approved for your state benefits, the federal money will be added to your payment each week you receive state benefits.
- Colorado-specific unemployment: The Daily Camera published an article on 4/17 that has good information about expanded unemployment benefits for those in Colorado.
- We know that this is an unprecedented time of uncertainty. We also know that uncertainty is one of the leading causes of stress and anxiety. Regardless of whether COVID-19 is making you feel stressed in a big way or a little way, this link has a handful of great resources for you, including articles, a podcast, a colorful chart, and a video from Laura McGladery, our Psych Nurse Advisor.
- Whole Connection Therapy - Free Weekly Community Group: Living through the age of COVID 19
- Sondermind: Free help finding a therapist who fits your needs, accepts your insurance, and is available to see you in person or via video sessions
- We’ve compiled a list of mental health professionals and practices in Colorado, so you can view available resources near you.
- Talkspace: Therapy via messaging
Student Loan Information
- Under the new stimulus bill, federally-backed loan companies are suspending automatic payments until Sept. 30. 90% of student loans are federally-backed. Please contact your student loan lender for more information.
- Several municipalities/states have developed legislation to assist renters that are unable to pay their rent as an effect of COVID-19. Due to the individual nature of each legislation, we recommend you research this on your own. A good place to start will be to search for housing resources on your city/county government website.
- Part of the federal stimulus bill set money aside to assist with mortgage payments. We recommend that you reach out to your landlord/mortgage lender and ask if you can have an extension and/or reduction in your monthly payment if you are unemployed.