Friendly Fork Café
Boxed Lunches for senior citizens can currently be picked up via drive through at the Community Recreation Center located at 250 North 11th Street. These weekly lunches are sponsored by the Weld County Area Agency on Aging with a planned menu for each day of service. This program offers a well-balanced meal for free or donation. Reservations are required by 9 am the day before meal service. Please call 970-674-3500 to make your reservation.
The following programs are not funded or governed by the Town of Windsor. Details are subject to change and are subject to the term set forth by each organization. Please report errors by email to [email protected]
Emergency Broadband Benefit
The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a broadband and/or device benefit for qualifying low-income consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Qualifying households can receive a monthly benefit of up to $50 to cover the cost of internet service and through the program, service providers may offer a one-time internet connected device benefit of up to $100 for a computer, tablet or laptop with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50. Visit the Federal Communications Commission website for details.
Larimer County Emergency Rent Assistance
Are you unemployed or have you lost work due to COVID-19? Larimer County‘s Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance funds can help renters stay in their homes by paying back rent and utilities, and more. We are partnering with Neighbor to Neighbor to review applications and send payments to recipients.
Call Neighbor to Neighbor at 970-829-0296 or visit larimer.org/erap to learn more.
United Way of Weld County
2-1-1 Colorado at United Way of Weld County is a confidential and multilingual service connecting people to vital resources in our community. 2-1-1 creates the central place to be able to get people connected to those resources they need most, including information on crisis intervention programs, and details for programs such as utility assistance. Dial 2-1-1 by phone or go to 211.org.
The United Way of Weld County website also has resources available to Weld County residents and can be accessed at unitedway-weld.org. Residents can also call 800-559-5590 toll free for information or access the live chat website feature at www.unitedway-weld.org/211.
Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
LEAP is a federally funded program that helps Colorado families, seniors, and individuals pay a portion of their winter home heating costs. Eligibility is determined by a percentage of the poverty level index. The program can be contacted by phone at 866-HEAT-HELP (866-432-8435) or online at colorado.gov/peak.
Xcel Energy Assistance Program
If a resident needs more time to pay the amount owed for their energy bill, Xcel may help by making payment arrangements or by providing information about energy assistance programs. For details, call them at 800-895-4999
Poudre Valley REA
If you are a Poudre Valley REA customer, try contacting their customer service department to arrange a workable payment plan. Contact Poudre REA online at pvrea.coop/contact.
Comcast / Xfinity
Low-income families who live in a Comcast service area may be eligible to sign-up for Internet Essentials, a low-income broadband access program. New customers may receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. Additionally, for all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program’s Internet service was increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. That increase will go into effect for no additional fee and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward. Register online at internetessentials.com/covid19.
In response to COVID-19, Xfinity WiFi public hotspots across the country may be available to those who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. They have also mentioned the following as part of their response:
- Pausing their data plans for 60 days giving all customers Unlimited data for no additional charge.
- They may also avoid disconnecting a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if prior arrangements are made.
State Assistance Programs
In Colorado, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is known as Colorado Works. It is a cash assistance program that helps eligible families with very low incomes become self-sufficient by encouraging job preparation, work and family stabilization. Eligible applicants receive monthly cash assistance payments, help with emergency household expenses, and/or services such as counseling, training and employment assistance. The Colorado Works Program operates in all 64 counties and is delivered locally through each county’s department of human or social services.
- Visit the Colorado Works page at colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/colorado-works-tanf to learn more.
- The Aid to the Blind program provides cash assistance to low-income Colorado residents, age 18 and over, who have at least a six-month total disability that precludes them from working. Download the application form at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9eaXW7_92zSZjA5djJoX1JxSWc/view to apply.
- Aid to the Needy Disabled (AND) provides cash assistance to low-income Coloradans with a disability that prevents work, as documented by a licensed physician. Download the application form at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9eaXW7_92zSZjA5djJoX1JxSWc/view to apply.
- The Old Age Pension program provides monthly cash assistance grants to low-income Coloradans aged 60 years or older. Download the application form to apply.
- PEAK (Program Eligibility and Application Kit) is an online service for Coloradans who may find themselves struggling financially. It’s available to eligible Coloradans and allows residents to apply for medical, food, cash, and early childhood assistance programs. Apply online at coloradopeak.secure.force.com. Information about PEAK and other programs are available at colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/cash-assistance.
Serve 6.8 is providing food/ hygiene products and is working with partner churches in Loveland, Windsor, Fort Collins, Greeley, and Wellington to provide food and financial / crisis care to communities. They provide financial and spiritual care virtually as well.
Windsor area church members are volunteering to pre-package bags of non-perishable food items and supplies, provide curb-side drop off and prayer to anyone needing extra assistance Monday through Friday, 4 to 6pm, at 325 3rd Street, Windsor (red-door south-east of Walnut St. & 3rd St.). Residents in need of supplies, prescriptions picked up, food, financial assistance, or spiritual care, please fill out the form by clicking on "Need Help" at Serve68.org or call 970-449-5401. The ministry can also be reached via email at [email protected] Donations to the ministry are also accepted.
Windsor-Severance Food Pantry
The Windsor-Severance Food Pantry provides food assistance for residents living within the Weld-RE 4 school district boundaries. The boxes are packed in advance and set outside for pickup to minimize contact between staff and the public. They can be reached via email at [email protected] or by calling 970-686-7307. To learn more, visit their website.
Weld Food Bank
The Weld Food Bank has a few programs that may help residents in need.
The Mobile Food Pantry is a resource of the Weld Food Bank. It’s a refrigerated truck used to deliver fresh produce, dairy, meat, bakery and dry goods directly to distribution sites in areas of high need.
Clients are not accessing food directly in the Weld Food Bank warehouse. Clients drive to the distribution site and are asked to remain in their vehicles through the entire process. Food is being packaged and then taken outside in a grocery cart for the client to load into their vehicle in a designated area. Carts are then disinfected. No clients are entering the building.
Emergency Food Box is an income-based program that provides assistance to individuals and families who find themselves with a temporary food need. This is a nutritionally balanced box that is designed to last a family of four approximately three days.
To confirm details and local distribution sites, call the Weld Food Bank at 970-356-2199 or go to: https://weldfoodbank.org/covid19response/ .
Food Bank of Larimer County
Fresh Food Share is one of the Food Bank’s two fresh food pantries. Guests can choose from a variety of fresh foods, including fruits, vegetables, milk, cheese, bread and yogurt. Through Food Share, guests can also receive government commodities through the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). For details, visit https://foodbanklarimer.org/news/covid-19/ .
Statewide Nutrition Assistance Program
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a Food Assistance program in Colorado formerly known as Food Stamps. SNAP provides food assistance benefits as part of a federal nutrition program to help low-income households purchase food.
Most low-income households can get food assistance through SNAP. To see if you qualify for SNAP benefits, there is a pre-screening tool on their website. For program details, visit https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap .
A nonprofit organization providing support and information regarding financial health resources, financial crisis and/or debt management:
- Website: https://www.greenpath.com/coronavirus/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greenpathfinancial/
Health First Colorado
Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) is public health insurance for Coloradans who qualify. Health First Colorado is funded jointly by a federal-state partnership and is administered by the Department of Health Care Policy & Financing.
The Affordable Care Act provides a simplified method for calculating income eligibility for Health First Colorado and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) based on what is called Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI). The MAGI rules apply to eligibility determinations for CHP+ and most Health First Colorado programs, except for those programs for individuals over 65 years old and/or for people who have a disability. For an explanation of the program and qualifications, visit https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/hcpf/colorado-medicaid .
Mental Health Assistance through Colorado Crisis Services and North Range Behavioral
A crisis is defined not by the situation, rather by the individual’s reaction to the situation. There is nothing too “small” for crisis. When an issue becomes a crisis, knowing where to start is the hardest part about getting help. Whoever faces a critical situation, crisis counselors provide immediate support and resources. For mental health, substance use or emotional support for yourself or someone you know, call 1-844-493-TALK (8255), or text TALK to 38255 to contact a trained professional. Learn more at northrange.org/crisis-support-services/ .
Housing for Veterans
Veterans of America can temporarily house veterans ages 60+ in hotels for up to 45 days due to their increased vulnerability for COVID19. The veteran must be asymptomatic.
- Larimer County contact is Laura Meusch - 970-391-9925 or [email protected].
- Weld County contact is Victoria Russo at 970-576-9670 or [email protected]