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May 4th Newsletter
 
We’ve been staying safe at home for over 6 weeks now, and we are starting to see the payoff with lower rates of infection coming into our hospitals but we still have to maintain our vigilance to prevent an aggressive return. I want to thank you for your efforts and sacrifices in this time. I know it hasn't been easy, but this will end. The better we are about adhering to health official's guidelines as we prepare to move into phase two (Safer at Home) in the coming weeks, the less likely we will have to suspend our lives again.

Beginning Wednesday, Denver, and several other Colorado cities will soon require face coverings in specific public settings. Residents and employees will be required to wear face coverings while inside, or waiting in line to enter, businesses, facilities, or locations, such as retail stores, bus stops, or health care facilities. The city news release said "multiple agencies" will be involved in enforcing the order, with the goal of compliance. Anyone violating the order could face a civil penalty of up to $999 per violation. Face masks prevent asymptomatic individuals from unknowingly spreading this deadly virus. If you don't have one, many are available to purchase online, or you can make your own.

I am aware that many Coloradans have been facing issues regarding the Unemployment office and receiving their benefits. 
If you've had issues receiving your unemployment benefits and haven't been able to get through to the unemployment office, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has set up a "call back" form so they can reach back out to assist with your claim, click here to begin.  If you are having issues paying rent or facing eviction, there are resources and information below.

Paying Rent and Evictions


Governor Polis extended his executive order preventing evictions. The order suspends evictions based on the inability to pay rent for at least the next 30 days. Landlords are prohibited from charging late fees or late fees or penalties for overdue rent.

Additionally, f you are in a property that is backed by a federal mortgage, your landlord must notify you about your protections under the CARES Act.
If you are facing eviction due to COVID-19, the Federal CARES act has instituted protections for those that live in a federally backed property. If you are living in a federally back property, the earliest your landlord can evict you is August 24, 2020. To see if your apartment is covered, click here

The Department of Local Affairs has been directed to work with property owners and landlords to create example rent repayment agreements for tenants who cannot cover rent.

The order also extends for 30 days the previous guidance to utilities to not shut off customers' water or power if they miss payments.



If you are struggling to pay your rent, the Resident Relief Foundation (RRF) and the Colorado Apartment Association announced last week their partnership, which will provide assistance to renters.

Colorado residents who are struggling to pay their rent because of coronavirus related job loss, illness, or income loss may seek assistance from the relief fund.

To qualify for assistance:
  • Residents who meet the program criteria can apply for partial-to-full rent payments if they have experienced virus-related income or job loss.
  • The relief funds will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.
Donations to the Colorado fund are gratefully accepted.



 

Emergencies During this time

Emergency room visits are down 30-60% across Colorado because either people believe they're helping the system or because they are afraid of contracting COVID-19. Physicians are seeing patients much later than they should be for emergent conditions such as strokes and heart attacks. For both conditions, the longer a patient waits to go to the ER, the higher risk they are at of developing permanent disabilities or dying.  The American College of Emergency Physicians wants you to know that ER's are prepared to take care of and protect all patients. If you are having an emergency or need immediate medical attention, do NOT hesitate to go to the ER or call 911.
 

Quick Links and Resources

Helping Your Neighbors

The Community Ministry Food Pantry currently needs volunteers and donations, if you would like to help, click here.
Be well.
and May the fourth be with you,
Susan

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