Marshall Fire: Financial assistance available for residents who lost income, work equipment

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Jan. 21—Financial assistance is now available for Boulder County residents who lost their income or any equipment they need for work because of the Marshall Fire.

Boulder County has partnered with the Community Foundation Boulder County to begin accepting applications for assistance, according to a news release from Boulder County.

The additional aid comes on the heels of $5.5 million in assistance that was distributed over the past two weeks to almost 2,200 households that were impacted by the wildfire.

"Tens of thousands of people have entrusted the Community Foundation Boulder County to support those that need it most in the wake of the Marshall and Middle Fork Fires," said Tatiana Hernandez, CEO of Community Foundation Boulder County.

Hernandez said the community foundation will now be distributing an additional $1.5 million to those who lost wages or tools needed for work.

Residents whose employment, wages or equipment needed for work was directly impacted by the Marshall Fire are encouraged to apply online for financial help at boco.org/MarshallFireAssistance. Applicants must be able to prove they have applied for unemployment benefits in order to be eligible to receive assistance.

Those who are deemed eligible to receive assistance will be contacted by text message or phone call within seven days of filing their application. Anyone needing in-person help with the application can visit the Boulder County Disaster Assistance Center. The deadline for in-person assistance is Saturday. The center at 1755 South Public Road in Lafayette is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"Thanks to the generosity of so many financial donors, (the) Community Foundation Boulder County has been able to move quickly in partnership with us to get well over $5 million to those who need it most, and this next round of funding is another step forward in helping our neighbors with recovery," Paul Jannatpour, interim co-director of Boulder County Housing and Human Services, said in the release.

Financial donations are still needed to support residents impacted by the fire. Donations can be made at commfound.org.

Residents impacted by Marshall Fire can go to boco.org/MarshallFire and boco.org/MarshallFireEspanol for more resources.