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Boulder County assistance programs.

Low income families, senior citizens, and the disabled can get help with their bills, rent or mortgage and or other support in Boulder County. Whether it is a cash grant, no interest loan, or even other support (such as free food, foreclosure counseling or clothing), there is assistance available. The funds can be combined with case management, free legal aid, and other forms of assistance (including security deposit help or budgeting workshops) in an effort to break a cycle of poverty.

Health and medical care services

One of the clinics to receive medical care at is Clinica Campesina. The phone number is 303-665-9310. This health care clinic provides either free or low cost, high quality and accessible health care to underserved populations. Low income and others with limited or no health insurance can also receive aid. Not only can they help with regular medical needs, but clients can even learn of more specialized services, such as how to get free diabetic supplies.

If you need access to free dental programs, Dental Aid (phone 303-665-8228) offers a host of low-cost or free dental health care programs, prevention and education to low-income Boulder County residents. Services offered include cleanings, check ups, and some minor dental operations.

Consultation from attorneys and free legal advice

Colorado Legal Services was formed by various lawyers and legal professionals who have a goal of providing free legal services to low income and others who can’t afford an attorney. Call them at 303-449-7575, or click here to read more. The bottom line is that the the non-profit law firm provides low-income Boulder County residents with free legal representation and/or advice in civil legal matters, such as foreclosure fillings, divorces, consumer debt issues, and other cases.

Food aid and assistance programs

Community Food Share works with various local pantries and charities. They collect from donations, stores, and distributes food and consumable supplies to the needy. The center also works with non-profit food pantries and meal programs throughout Boulder County, so this means they support those other local charity groups as well. Call. 303-652-3663.




Good News Center - Provides free food for individuals and families in Boulder. (303) 678-9550

Sister Carmen Community Center is a local pantry for the less fortunate. and is based in Lafayette. Call 303-665-4342.

In addition to those options, several other food banks and pantries serve the region. They may have free food, Christmas meals, and maybe basic goods such as clothing. More on food pantries in Boulder.

Nederland Community Presbyterian Church - The non-profit runs an emergency food pantry which is open to residents of western Boulder county. Nederland (303) 258-3579.

St. Thomas Food Bank - Two programs run include a free food package once a month to any individual or family in need, and the non-profit also distributes government food commodities on a monthly basis to those in need. Click here to learn more on food stamps. Call (303) 444-4159





Emergency help for paying bills

Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) - Meets local residents emergency needs for short term help with food, rent and housing expenses, transportation costs, and utility bills. 303-442-3042

  • Medical expenses and bills - The EFAA agency may be able to provide financial assistance in the paying of minor medical bills and health care expenses. Minor medical expenses will usually include children’s prescriptions, partial assistance for eyeglasses, and similar.
  • Rent assistance - Partial payments for overdue rent.
  • Groceries - Receive free food and groceries from a food bank and pantry.
  • Transportation - Usually bas tokens are offered.
  • Utility and heating bills - Receive vouchers or grants for energy bills. For other utility bill help resources.

Many other services may be offered by the non-profit EFAA. Applicants range from the underemployed to seniors and single parents, among others from the community. Find how else they can help, and locate programs from Emergency Family Assistance Association.

Another option is OUR Center. (dial 303-772-5529). They administer what is known as a Basic Needs program. This resource involves professional caseworkers and highly trained volunteers meeting with an applicant. If they are found to be qualified, they can receive emergency food, heating bill aid, transportation, utilities, furniture, money to pay for minor medical prescriptions, referrals for emergency shelter, and homeless-prevention help, including rent assistance, referrals to mortgage programs, and utility assistance. This is a crisis / emergency program. Find information on Colorado mortgage programs. Read more.

Last, but not least, Sister Carmen Community Center offers aid, however they only cover a portion of Boulder County. Such assistance provided by this charity may include, but is not limited to, emergency food and groceries, new or gently used clothing, school supplies, and other basic necessities for bills and expenses. Advocacy is provided to by SCCC, and this can include applications to public benefits, such as child care, and more. 303-665-4342. More on Sister Carmen Community Center assistance programs.

The Carriage House Community Table, of Boulder Colorado ((303) 442-8300) may be able to offer limited funds, and the money is made available to provide grants and financial assistance for paying Rent, Prescription Medications, and Eyeglasses. In addition, a Director's Discretionary Fund is available to be primarily used to pay for hotel vouchers when people are sick or for expensive medication.

Outreach United Resource Center, Inc., may have limited funds to help with paying rent and utility bills. The charity provides other aid too, such as medications, eyeglasses, and even case management with partners such as Intercambio Comunidades. Also has budget and credit counseling. 303 Atwood St, Longmont, Colorado, 80501. Call 303-772-5529, or continue reading.





Salvation Army social services and the thrift store in Boulder County supports both the low income and people looking to save money. The charity provides everything from discounted furniture to Christmas toys and clothing to residents. Also, the location can be a source of information on financial aid, referrals to food banks, and other help. More Salvation Army Boulder County.

The Bridge House has limited funds available to provide financial assistance for paying for prescriptions, rent, and eyeglasses. In addition, a Director's Discretionary Fund is available that can be used to provide hotel vouchers when people from the county are sick or for expensive medication. 1120 1/2 Pine St, Boulder, CO, 80302. Call 303-442-8300, or learn more Bride House assistance programs.

Boulder County AIDS Project - Grants are for clients with symptomatic infection who have urgent needs that their regular income cannot cover. Expenses such as rent, insurance premiums, medical bills, and more is covered. 303-444-6121

Boulder County Housing and Human Services processes applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance (LEAP). This can offer grants and funds for paying a portion of a heating bill. Weatherization is also offered.

The Human Service Department also coordinates many other services in the county. The public aid includes programs such as Old Age Pension for senior citizens, free child care vouchers for parents (or single moms) with kids, SNAP food stamps and much more. The office is in Longmont, Colorado. Call 866-432-8435 to learn more on the government benefits available, or read here more details.

VOA of Colorado provides housing, food, low income housing, and referrals to loan programs for paying rent. The non-profit Volunteers of America operates across Colorado and Boulder, and focus on the homeless and very low income. Programs are also for veterans and the disabled in the region. Click VOA of Colorado programs.

United Resource Center, Inc. - Funds and resources are limited. Assistance may be available for paying rent or housing costs. An appointment is required applicants unless client has eviction/shut-off notice, or some type of crisis. Programs support the St. Vrain Valley School District area, including parts of Boulder, Weld, and Larimer counties. 303 Atwood Street, Longmont, Colorado 80501, phone number (303) 772-5529.

Housing, shelter and rental programs - Assistance is available in Boulder County that is focused on addressing housing needs. The homeless can use emergency shelters while senior housing is available too. Families facing eviction can explore emergency financial assistance for paying their rent. Read more on the rental assistance in Boulder.





Catholic Charities and churches in the Boulder region can be turned to when facing a crisis. They offer social services and limited financial aid. For those that qualify, receive financial help for paying rent, shelter costs, and heating bills. Other more material type and case management services include subsidized child care, the Kinship program, a resource known as low income Archdiocesan Housing, and many other. Find more details on help from Boulder Catholic Charities.

Community clinics in Boulder County

Clinica Family Health Services is a community clinic that offers health care on a sliding fee scale. Among other services offered include primary health care which is provided for low income persons and people without health insurance. Services even include a full range of primary and preventive medical care. Also dental care and mental health are provided after people are registered as medical patients. Pharmacy service, low cost medications and other services also available for register patients. Lafayette Colorado. (303) 449-6050

Rent and mobile home park assistance

An agency to turn to for rent help in Boulder is the Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) (phone 303-442-3042). Both can support people with housing and rent help. An example of the rent assistance and programs offered are as follows:

A Mobile home park outside of Boulder Colorado will be receiving rent assistance to help pay for an increase in their monthly rent. The city decided that turning the existing mobile homes into affordable, low income housing would be cheaper than building new affordable housing and trying to find new homes for the mobile park residents.

The city council sent a directive to the city manager that will be establishing subsidies for some residents of the Orchard Grove mobile park. There is not any certainty as to how much will be paid for rent assistance.





In addition to the aid from the city of Boulder, the Orchard Grove mobile home park has set up a fund that will also help vulnerable residents pay their monthly rent expense. This fund will be sponsored by the Emergency Family Assistance Association and will provide monthly rent subsidies.


By Jon McNamara

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