Self-Employed and Contract Workers can Apply for Unemployment Benefits, Starting Today.
Applications for unemployment insurance benefits for independent contractors, self-employed, gig workers, and other persons in similar situations will go live today, to start the process, click here

Because the SBA PPP program has been exhausted and gridlock continues to plague congressional leadership, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade is pushing small business owners to the following database of alternate funding resources for those in need. Access through this link 

If your business is facing eviction, reach out to the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) for assistance. Learn more about DORA’s effortsIf you need legal support, the Justice Center is offering free legal aid for businesses affected by COVID-19 on Wednesday nights.

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) is conducting weekly calls and webinars hosted by regional Small Business Development Centers, to help business owners seeking more information regarding relevant resources in a given region. Follow this link for information


Eviction Assistance

During this unprecedented time, Coloradans should not have stress over rent, mortgage payments, or utility bills, adding to the other anxieties caused by COVID-19. That’s why on March 20, 2020, Governor Jared Polis issued Executive Order D 2020 012, ordering Colorado state agencies to work with property owners, mortgage companies, and utility providers to limit evictions, foreclosures, and public utility disconnections while Colorado is in a state of emergency.
If you know you won’t be able to pay for these vital needs or are concerned about your ability to pay in the coming months, please click here to review the following steps that have been taken by both government and private industries to see how they may impact you. You can also find resources for assistance with payment of rent, mortgage, and utility bills by visiting or by dialing 211 on the phone.

If you are having difficulties with your landlord, the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project can help. The CED Project was founded in March of 2020 to respond to urgent questions about housing, homelessness, and community recovery during the spread of the coronavirus. We are working to pair volunteer lawyers with tenants who need advice or legal representation, provide tenants with guidance on how to navigate challenging situations, and evaluate the potential impact of the emerging housing crisis. To contact the CED Project or volunteer to help click here.


Utility Assistance 

Many statewide, regional, and municipal utility companies have offered the following relief in light of
the current emergency:
● Suspension of service disconnections for delayed or missed payments;
● Waiving of reconnection fees;
● Suspension of fee accruals for late payment;
● Reinstatement of service for those recently disconnected for nonpayment;
● Implementation of low-income payment assistance program;
● Implementation of medical exemption policy to prohibit disconnections.
DORA’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is tracking companies that have made this commitment on
their website, which can be found here.
Please feel free to reach out to my office via e-mail at for any concerns or if you know of resources that can help out your community. 
Be well.

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