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Marshall Fire Financial Assistance Frequently Asked Questions

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Disaster Assistance

Some financial assistance is available through Boulder County to help those who have been displaced or otherwise impacted by the Marshall Fire. This page contains some of the more frequent questions about this assistance and the process for application and eligibility determination.

Why is the local section of the Boulder County Disaster Assistance Center moving to online services?

Boulder County is transitioning our Marshall Fire response, resources, and staffing from immediate emergency assistance to longer-term recovery. All organizations that have been at the Disaster Assistance Center continue to provide services at their traditional locations and online, and some are relocating their disaster assistance work to the Marshall Fire Donations and Resource Center at Flatirons Crossing Mall in Broomfield (see this document for a full list of all organizations that have been at the Disaster Assistance Center). This page (www.boco.org/MarshallFire) also contains a comprehensive list of resources and services for those impacted by the Marshall Fire.

What services remain at the Disaster Assistance Center (DAC)?

While local services have transitioned out of the DAC, the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) remains open for in-person assistance at 1755 South Public Road in Lafayette from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The DRC features the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Where can I find comprehensive information about services available for those who have been impacted by the Marshall Fire?

Boulder County has a complete list of these resources at www.boco.org/MarshallFire.

For the financial assistance being offered to those who have been displaced or otherwise impacted by the Marshall Fire, what is the source of the funds and who is distributing them?

Funds were raised by the Community Foundation Boulder County (CFBC) and Elevations Credit Union through generous donations from the community. Boulder County Housing and Human Services is distributing the funds on behalf of CFBC and Elevations.

How do I apply for the funds?

Please apply online at www.boco.org/MarshallFireAssistance.

How do I know if I qualify for the funds and how much might I be able to get?

Currently there are several funding categories.

  • If you were mandated to evacuate your home during the Marshall Fire, you may qualify for a $125 payment.
  • If your home was damaged or destroyed and is on the assessment list of damaged and destroyed homes, you may qualify for a $2,500 payment for a household with one to two people or a $5,000 payment for a household with three or more people.
  • If you are a renter or homeowner displaced due to smoke or ash contamination, you may qualify for a $2,500 payment for a household with one to two people or a $5,000 payment for a household with three or more people.
  • If your livelihood was disrupted by the Marshall Fire (you were or are out of work and lost wages, including loss of employment related to businesses temporarily closed due to major smoke/ash damage if employer can provide verification of being closed and remediation work completed), you may qualify for a $1,200 payment (including home businesses).
  • If you lost “tools of the trade” (business materials, supplies, equipment, or tools needed to do your job – excluding computers and computer equipment), you may qualify for a $500 payment.
  • If you have a small local business that was damaged or destroyed by the Marshall Fire, you may qualify for a $2,500 payment (including home businesses).
  • If your home is uninhabitable due to smoke, ash, or other hazardous conditions, you may qualify for a payment (amounts are still being determined, please fill out an application at www.boco.org/MarshallFireAssistance). Please note that if you have not already done so, you must self-report damage to your home (www.boco.org/MarshallFireSelfReport) prior to applying for financial assistance related to an uninhabitable home. If you have already received a payment for a damaged or destroyed home, you are not eligible for this category.
Local Financial Assistance for Families, Individuals, and Businesses Impacted by the Marshall Fire

Apply at www.boco.org/MarshallFireAssistance

Who Qualifies? How Much? How is Eligibility Verified? What’s Not Included? Additional Details
Households that were evacuated due to the Marshall Fire $125 per household Proof of name and address within evacuation zone map
People with damaged or destroyed homes $2,500 for households with one to two people or $5,000 for households with three or more people Must be verified from the Marshall Fire Damage Assessment Map and must show proof of address and name Does not include properties not listed as damaged or destroyed on the Marshall Fire Damage Assessment Map Owner-occupied homes with rental units are treated as two households (owners and renters may both qualify for funds)

Owners of rental properties can receive $2,500

Tenants in a rental property can receive $2,500 for one to two tenants or $5,000 for three or more tenants; The tenants must divide the funds evenly and each tenant applying for the funds must sign an affidavit stating that they agree to divide the funds evenly

Households that received $125 for evacuation and are now eligible for either $2,500 or $5,000 because their home is now on the Marshall Fire Damage Assessment Map do not need to return the $125

Livelihood disruption: individuals who were out of work as a result of the Marshall Fire (including smoke/ash damage) $1,200 for individuals Recent pay stub and/or letter from business owner and/or unemployment application Does not include businesses for which employees were relocated Does include impacted home businesses; must be directly tied to a business within the Marshall Fire Damage Assessment Map damage zone
Loss of tools of the trade: individuals who lost tools or items needed to complete their work $500 for individuals Receipts or purchase records if available Does not include computers or computer equipment Loss of tools of the trade must have occurred within the Marshall Fire Damage Assessment Map damage zone
Uninhabitable homes due to smoke, ash, other hazardous conditions

$2,500 for households with one to two people or $5,000 for households with three or more people Letter from insurance company; note from a doctor about a medical condition; hotel receipts; letter from landlord or host that recipient has been out of their home due to the fire Does not include homes listed as damaged or destroyed on the Marshall Fire Damage Assessment Map or wind damaged homes Recipient must have not been able to live in the home due to smoke/ash contamination or hazardous conditions
Small local businesses that were damaged or destroyed $2,500 per business impacted Business must be within Marshall Fire Damage Assessment Map damage zone; business address and/or registration records, tax returns Does not include larger corporations or businesses that relocated employees Does include impacted home businesses

How will you verify each request for financial assistance? What should I be prepared to show after application?

  • Evacuations: We use a map of the Marshall Fire evacuation zones to verify your address.
  • Home destroyed/damaged: We use the official destroyed and damaged home assessment list to verify your address.
  • Livelihood disruption: We will use the list of businesses that were destroyed. A recent pay stub or letter from the business owner may be used. For businesses that were not on the official list we will work with the employee to identify acceptable verification.
  • Loss of tools of the trade: We will ask for receipts or purchase record if available, a tax record or other recording that the tools were used for employment.
  • Small local business destroyed or damaged: We will seek proof of ownership of business and verified business address.
  • Home that is uninhabitable due to smoke, ash, or other hazardous condition but that is not currently on the damaged/destroyed list: We will use the official list of damaged/destroyed homes once a damage assessment is completed to verify the address.

Are renters and homeowners of damaged or destroyed rental properties both eligible for funds related to the same property?

Yes, homeowners of rental properties that were damaged or destroyed and that are on the official list of damaged and destroyed homes may qualify to receive a $2,500 payment. Renters will receive funds based on the number of individuals residing in the rental. If there are multiple unrelated renters in the home, it is expected that funds will be distributed equally among all renters, and each renter will be asked to sign an affadavit committing to this.

My home was damaged by the wind event the day of the Marshall Fire, but is not on the list of damaged/destroyed homes. Am I eligible for any of this funding?

Currently, only homes on the official damaged or destroyed homes list are eligible for these funds.

How long will it take for me to hear back from you after I apply?

Your application will be processed within seven days from submission and you will then be contacted.

How will I receive my payment if I am eligible?

Boulder County will distribute the funds at 1755 S. Public Road in Lafayette. Once you receive a text that your funds are ready, we will offer several windows of time from which you can choose to pick up your funds at this location. Please be sure to bring identification and needed verification documentation from the list above.

Can I apply for more than one category from the list of financial assistance options?

Yes. We will determine eligibility for each category for which you apply. No one will receive funds more than once from the same category.

What will happen if I submit an application for funds but I don’t qualify?

We will notify you as soon as we can via text, and will explain the reason why you did not qualify.