FEMA Assistance for Residents & Businesses
FEMA Mitigation Assistance at local home improvement stores
Colorado encourages all individuals impacted by the Marshall Fire to apply for FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program. Individuals should first call their insurance agents and then apply for federal assistance. If you do not have rental or home insurance, please apply for FEMA assistance.
- Applying for Assistance
- After you have Applied for Assistance
- Assistance Information for Undocumented Residents
Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.
Applications will be accepted online for financial assistance for those displaced or otherwise impacted by the Marshall Fire.
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions about the financial assistance that is currently available, including more information about how to apply and eligibility.
This financial assistance is available to anyone who suffered the following as a result of the Marshall Fire:
- Has a home that was destroyed or damaged
- Was forced to evacuate
- Lost the ability to work (including home businesses)
- Lost “tools of the trade” (excludes computers or computer equipment)
- For all loss of wages, work, or tools of the trade submissions, applicants must be able to demonstrate they have already submitted an application for Unemployment benefits
- Has a home tagged as uninhabitable due to smoke, ash, or other hazardous conditions
- Note: those who have received funding for a damaged or destroyed home are not eligible for this funding
- Applicants must complete the online crisis tracker at www.boco.org/MarshallFireSelfReport prior to application
- Has a small local business that was destroyed or damaged
Applicants will be contacted by text message or phone call within seven days after submitting the application to pick up the funds, if eligible.
Individuals and families who live and/or work in zip codes 80020, 80021, 80026, 80027, or 80303, may qualify for a one-time payment to help replace food that was destroyed or ruined. The Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) program provides emergency benefits for low- to moderate-income households who were impacted by the Marshall Fire and severe weather events. Visit cdhs.colorado.gov/DSNAP-Boulder to see a table of eligibility by income.
How to Apply
Residents must apply between January 24 and February 1 (excluding Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30). Applications must be completed in-person at the St. Vrain Community Hub (515 Coffman Street in Longmont) or over the phone (303-441-1000; option 3) Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Individuals will need to bring:
- A picture I.D.
- Verification they lived or worked in the impacted ZIP codes
- A paystub or other verification of income from the month of December, when the fires occurred, may be required
Disaster Relief (Colorado Association of Realtors)
Assistance is available to qualified applicants towards one of the following options:
- Monthly mortgage expense for the primary residence that was damaged by the Wildfire Disaster or;
- Rental cost due to displacement from the primary residence resulting from the Wildfire Disaster.
Relief assistance is limited to a maximum of $3,000 per household. Deadline for application submission is April 8, 2022. Please note this assistance is for housing relief only; other expenses including second mortgages(home equity lines or loans), hotel/motel expenses, clothing, appliances, equipment, vehicle purchase, rental or repair and or mileage are ineligible for reimbursement under this program. Visit bit.ly/CARBOCOFireRelief for application information.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)
DUA provides unemployment benefits and re-employment assistance services to eligible survivors affected by a Presidentially-declared major disaster. These services are under the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Labor and administered by the state, territorial, tribal, and local government emergency management officials of the affected area(s). DUA is only available to those eligible survivors who are not eligible for regular state unemployment insurance (UI).
Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration offers disaster assistance in the form of low interest loans to businesses, nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters located in regions affected by declared disasters. SBA also provides eligible small businesses and nonprofit organizations with working capital to help overcome the economic injury of a declared disaster.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Special tax law provisions may help taxpayers and businesses recover financially from the impact of a disaster, especially when the federal government declares their location to be a major disaster area. Depending on the circumstances, the IRS may grant additional time to file returns and pay taxes. Both individuals and businesses in a federally declared disaster area can get a faster refund by claiming losses related to the disaster on the tax return for the previous year, usually by filing an amended return.
For more information from the IRS regarding assistance during a disaster, please visit IRS Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief for Individuals and Businesses.