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Residents Impacted by Marshall Fire and High Winds Urged to Apply for Financial Help and Emergency Food Assistance


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As impacts of the recent Marshall Fire and strong winds continue to be felt throughout Boulder County, anyone who has been directly impacted by these destructive events is urged to apply for financial assistance to help bridge gaps until longer-term recovery is possible.

Financial help remains available for the following:

  • renters and homeowners who had homes damaged or destroyed or who were displaced by the Marshall Fire
  • those with homes that have been uninhabitable due to the fire
  • those who lost wages for work or had small businesses that were destroyed or damage
  • those who lost tools of the trade needed to do their work due to the fire
  • low to moderate income residents who lost food or need help with food as a result of the Marshall Fire or high winds and are in the declared disaster zip codes

Deadlines are approaching for application:

Disaster Unemployment (February 2)provides up to 26 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who have lost work as a direct result of a major natural disaster.

Disaster SNAP (February 1) – provides emergency food assistance for eligible low-to moderate-income households in impacted zip codes who don’t normally qualify for SNAP. Replacement funds for SNAP benefits lost in the fire in the form of destroyed and spoiled foods from power outages.

“This help is here for a reason and people should apply for it if they have not yet done so,” said Boulder County Disaster Recovery Manager Garry Sanfacon. “So many are suffering in a range of ways after the Marshall Fire and the high winds on that day, and while the financial help available may not completely fill the gaps, it can help provide an important cushion to support their longer-term recovery.”

BOCO has a comprehensive Marshall Fire recovery page:

Those seeking local financial and food assistance should visit www.boco.org/MarshallFireAssistance. Answers to frequently asked questions about financial assistance are also available. Sister Carmen Community Center in Lafayette (303-665-4342) is providing assistance to fire- and wind-impacted households. Emergency Family Assistance Association Boulder also provides help (303-442-3042).

Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing disaster assistance:

  • Apply in-person 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon-Sat, Disaster Recovery Center, 1755 S. Public Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026.
  • Apply by calling 800-621-3362 or using FEMA mobile app for smartphones
  • Apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov.

Small Business Administration is providing federally-funded low-interest disaster loans. 

  • Residents and business owners may apply in-person Disaster Recovery Center, 1755 S. Public Rd in Lafayette.
  • Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information, and download applications at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov. Deadline is March 1, 2022.
  • Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

Marshall Fire Donation and Resource Center, open daily 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. at 21 West Flatiron Crossing Dr, Broomfield (Flatiron Crossing Mall), has a wide range of supplies and resources available.

Boulder County continues to work with its partners across the region to connect those impacted by the Marshall Fire and high winds with the financial, food, and other help they need, including through direct outreach and the support of community partner services.