Federal Government Shutdown Resources

Federal Government Shutdown Resources

Boulder County and the Federal Shutdown

The federal government shutdown has been felt by residents across the county. It impacted some of the services and benefits that Boulder County helps deliver to our community, and has affected many federal employees who work and live here. This page contains information about impacted local services, general community resources available to everyone at this time, as well as resources and offers for furloughed employees. We encourage you to contact community partners directly for more information about the supports they offer.

Services Impacted by the Shutdown


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – With the Jan. 25 vote to fund the federal government for three weeks, it is now more likely that SNAP funding will be available to ensure March SNAP benefits will be paid to current enrollees. As a reminder, due to the shutdown February SNAP benefits were paid to enrollees early (in January), so SNAP recipients should be prepared to stretch those benefits through February. Please also note that new applications for SNAP are being processed. Visit the Boulder County Food Assistance page for more information on this important supplemental food assistance program or call 303-441-1000.

Women Infants and Children (WIC) –WIC clinics are operating normally. Participants should continue to shop for WIC foods and keep WIC appointments. Visit the State of Colorado WIC website or call Boulder County WIC at 303-413-7520 for updates. Also please note:

  • Do not discard or tear up your eWIC card.
  • Keep your WIC appointments. Our Boulder County WIC staff can help keep you informed.


Housing Choice Vouchers (also known as “Section 8”) – Federal funding for this program could be impacted by an additional federal government shutdown. However, if this occurs the Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services (HHS) would seek reserve funds from HUD to extend voucher funding beyond the date it would end. HHS may also use local reserves to help fund these vouchers if the shutdown were to continue for an extended period.

Services Not Currently Impacted

The Boulder County services listed below are not currently impacted, but potentially could be depending on if another federal government shutdown occurs.

Health Coverage

  • Medicaid
  • Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+)

Parenting Supports/Early Childhood Education

  • Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)


  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

If there is another extended shutdown, it’s important to note that in some instances more funding may become available to provide additional benefits for Boulder County program enrollees. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

Boulder County Shutdown Information

General Community Resources

Resources for Furloughed Employees

Local Businesses & Organizations

Many local businesses stepped up to help federal employees who suddenly found themselves without a paycheck. Below are links to just a few of the lists that have been compiled about these offers.

State of Colorado