The Marshall Fire fire on Dec. 30 torched 1,084 homes in the southeastern part of Boulder County, including in Louisville and Superior.

Boulder County Disaster Assistance Center Closing

The following information was shared by Boulder County on Jan 20:

The Boulder County Disaster Assistance Center in Lafayette will close to in-person services at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, as response shifts to longer term recovery in the aftermath of the Marshall Fire. Those who have been displaced or otherwise impacted by the Marshall Fire will still be able to get assistance and information online at www.boco.org/MarshallFire, and additional targeted outreach and support will occur for community members who need help with recovery.

The jointly located federal/state Disaster Recovery Center at 1755 S. Public Road in Lafayette, including Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) along with multiple state agencies will continue to operate in the south half of the building. Hours will remain 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily until further notice. Individuals can apply for assistance with FEMA as well as get updates on their individual case status and provide documents to assist their application. SBA customer service representatives will continue to be available to answer questions, explain application processes, help businesses and individuals apply for low-interest disaster loans, and close their approved disaster loans.

Since opening four days after the Marshall Fire, on January 3, the Boulder County Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) has helped well over 2,000 households with more than $5 million in direct financial assistance and over $30 million in disaster loans while helping them navigate claims filing, cleanup and debris removal, mental health services, and other immediate needs. The DAC has featured national organizations like the Red Cross, and Salvation Army, alongside dozens of local organizations including Boulder County Housing and Human Services, Public Health, and Community Planning and Permitting, the City of Louisville and Town of Superior, Sister Carmen Community Center, Mental Health Partners, Community Cultural Brokers, and many more.

“We are deeply moved by the collaboration we have seen here at the Boulder County Disaster Assistance Center,” said Boulder County Housing and Human Services Interim Co-Director Paul Jannatpour. “Teams of people from every one of these organizations have poured heart and soul into responding to our community following the devastation of the Marshall Fire, and while we have a long way to go in recovery, we have a strong foundation from which to begin that work. Our focus will continue to be on helping our neighbors through this unbelievably difficult time.”

As Boulder County’s collaborative efforts transition to longer-term recovery, additional resources will become available to the community, including a new round of financial assistance on January 20 from Community Foundation Boulder County for those who suffered work or wage disruption from the Marshall Fire. Boulder County urges anyone who has been impacted by the Marshall Fire to continue to register their recovery needs by visiting www.boco.org/MarshallFire and filling out the online form at www.boco.org/MarshallFireAssistance. Financial help is available, as is assistance with debris removal and cleanup, rebuilding, and other services.

Additional community meetings are also being scheduled to help people impacted by the Marshall Fire connect with resources and information. These opportunities will also continue to be listed at www.boco.org/MarshallFire.

The Colorado Governor’s Office on Jan. 8 released the list of resources below for individuals, families and businesses impacted by the Marshall Fire.

Community Programs

· United Way – call 2-1-1 for multilingual services and to get connected to food, snap benefits, transportation assistance, substance abuse, counseling, clothing, medical and dental needs, home repairs, housing and more.
· ARC – giving vouchers so Coloradans can get clothes and other immediate needs. Locations in Broomfield, Louisville and Longmont. Just stop by the DAC and pick up your vouchers.

Insurance Assistance & FEMA Programs

· FEMA Public Assistancefema.gov/assistance/public/program-overview

· FEMA Individual Assistancefema.gov/assistance/individual

· Disaster Unemployment Assistancedisasterassistance.gov/get-assistance/forms-of-assistance/4466

· Division of Insurance – Coloradans can call at 303-894-7490 and visit the website at doi.colorado.gov to learn more about the claims process.

· Federal and State Assistance Overview – Information on federal programs activated for recovery. https://mars.colorado.gov/MarshallFire

Food Assistance

· SNAP – Apply online at www.colorado.gov/PEAK. Replace your EBT card by calling 1-888-328-2656. Check your EBT card balance at www.EBTEdge.com

· WIC – apply online at www.BoulderCountyWIC.org

· Community Food Share: Call 303-652-3663 or visit www.communityfoodshare.org

· Sister Carmen Community Center – Call 303-665-4342 or visit www.sistercarmen.org

Housing

· Boulder County Housing Helpline – helping renters and landlord navigate this process and find financial assistance. Call 303-441-1206 and leave a detailed message or email HousingHelpline@BoulderCounty.org . A housing specialist will return your call as soon as possible.

· Airbnb’s Open Home programwww.airbnb.com

· Boulder Area Rental Housing Association – This webpage is only meant to be a way to show available properties to residents who were impacted by the fires and need housing and is for informational purposes only. Property owners will be solely responsible for qualifying, interviewing and communicating with prospective tenants.

· Boulder County Housing Resources – English Flyer, Spanish Flyer

Financial Assistance

· Boulder County Personal Finance Program – 720-564-2279 or visit www.personalfinance@bouldercounty.org

· IRS – Businesses and individuals may be eligible for assistance – visit www.boco.org/IRSDisasterAssistance

· Disaster Unemployment Insurance – Learn more at www.boco.org/DisasterUnemploymentAssitance

Child Care

· Parents who need temporary or emergency child care can visit www.ECCBoulderCounty.org

· Early Childhood Council of Boulder County – Parents who need temporary or emergency child care can visit www.ECCBoulderCounty.org

Business Support

· Boulder Small Business Development Center – Can help businesses access resources and help them navigate how to receive funding from multiple sources. If you are looking to get funding for your business, visit www.bouldersbdc.com or stop by the DAC to stop by and talk to someone face to face.

· Colorado Small Business Development Center https://www.coloradosbdc.org/

Transportation

· Via Mobility – If you need help securing transportation to get there, call Via Mobility at 303-447-9636.

· Marshal Fire Transportation and Transit Resourceshttps://www.bouldercounty.org/transportation/multimodal/marshall-fire-transit/

· RTD passes available at the Disaster Assistance Center

Additional Information

· Coloradans with Disabilities – If you’re a Coloradan with disabilities, you can call or text 1-800-626-4959 for additional support.

· To learn more about all of these services online, and how to begin the recovery process, visit www.boco.org/MarshallFire or www.boco.org/MarshallFireEspanol

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