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January 24, 2019

Resources and help related to the federal shutdown

Individuals and families affected by the federal shutdown

Boulder County and community partners provide resources for families and individuals impacted by the federal shutdown

Additional families may lose critical supports if another shutdown occurs

For an updated list of resources available and the shutdown’s impacts on benefits programs, visit

A network of twenty community partner organizations has vowed to support the thousands of households who have been affected by the recent partial federal government shutdown. Boulder County Family Resource Network (FRN) Regional Council partners, including community non-profits, school districts, and county and city governments submitted an open letter to the community offering financial, food, housing, and employment resources and assistance, among many other services. Read more...

Also, Boulder County residents looking for help and support can seek the following services from Family Resource Network members:

  • EFAA (Boulder): Food assistance/walk-in food bank; financial assistance for utilities, rent or mortgage, and medical bills; hotel vouchers; case management to find the right community resources; and access to temporary family housing and transition housing.
  • Sister Carmen Community Center (Lafayette): Food assistance/walk-in food bank; financial assistance for utilities, rent or mortgage, prescriptions and eyeglasses, and transportation; resource referrals for employment services, housing programs, senior resources, dental care, and domestic violence support; behavioral health counseling; and enrollment in public benefits program (federal funding dependent).
  • OUR Center (Longmont): Food assistance and walk-in food pantry; hot breakfast and lunch; financial assistance for utilities and rent; resource referrals for employment services, housing programs, family law, health care access; substance abuse and mental health services; job training and education; and parenting supports.
  • Peak to Peak Alliance: Food assistance via food pantries in Nederland, Ward, Lyons, and Allenspark; financial assistance for rent or mortgage; mental health services; and other support, services and referrals with help from the Mountain Resource Liaisons.
  • Boulder County: The Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services, the Boulder County Department of Community Services, and Boulder County Public Health collaborate through the Family Resource Network to provide supports and services and make referrals and connections to FRCs and other resources.

Boulder County Commissioners urge an end to the federal shutdown

The protracted shutdown threatened programs that feed children and the elderly, impacts road construction and forestry projects, and delays disaster prevention and recovery planning

The Boulder County Commissioners sent a letter to the four Congressional members who represent Boulder County asking them to work with their colleagues to end the recent partial shutdown of the federal government as quickly as possible. The letter laid out the increasingly harmful impacts the shutdown could have on the most vulnerable members of our community and to the many federal employees and contractors who reside here.

"We ask that you work to quickly bring this shutdown to an end and remove the uncertainty and disruption that this situation has created for so many of our residents."

- Board of County Commissioners, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019

Resource: Letters sent to Boulder County's Congressional delegation:

  • Senator Michael Bennet
  • Senator Cory Gardner
  • Representative Joe Neguse (CD-2)
  • Representative Ken Buck (CD-4)