The American Rescue Plan was signed into law on March 12, 2021 and is the latest COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress to assist individual, businesses and communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are resources and information about several relief programs included in the American Rescue Plan:

Unemployment Assistance - The American Rescue Plan extended the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program, as well as the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) supplemental of $300 a week through September 4, 2021. Click below for additional resources:
 - Claimants wondering if they have an integrity hold on their account: https://cdle.colorado.gov/unemployment/program-integrity-holds and the form to clear an integrity hold
 - Issues with 1099 forms: https://cdle.colorado.gov/tax-form-1099-g
 - Report a fraudulent 1099: https://co.tfaforms.net/f/Report_Invalid_1099
 - Report all fraud: https://cdle.colorado.gov/fraud-prevention
 - Frequently Asked Questions 

If you’re looking for work, visit ConnectingColorado.com, the state’s job bank, which has more than 54,000 job openings including thousands of “location-neutral” jobs. For additional unemployment questions, click here.

• Economic Impact Payments - The American Rescue Plan provided an additional $1,400 in direct payments per individual, including dependents, for single filers making under $75,000 and joint filers making under $150,000. That means a family of four could receive a payment of $5,600. Most of the third round of payments should have already gone out. If you need assistance getting your payment, call us at (303) 274-7944 or click here for additional information

 Expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) - The American Rescue Plan expanded and improved the Child Tax Credit to provide an advance monthly cash benefit for nearly all families with children under the age of 18 years old. These payments began on July 15th and will continue monthly through December 2021. The second half will be provided as a credit on your 2021 tax return. The Child Tax Credit is not taxable income and will not be considered income for other federal benefits. Click here for additional information.

Foreclosures, Evictions & Bills - If you are a tenant, landlord or homeowner struggling to make your rental or mortgage payments, the State of Colorado is currently processing applications for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) and applications for the Homeownership Assistance Fund (HAF) should be made available soon. In addition, the American Rescue Plan provides $21.5 billion for emergency rental and utility assistance, $10 billion in homeowners assistance as well as significant funding for homelessness programs and to help with utility bills for those most in need. To learn more about the ERAP and HAF programs, I urge you to visit cdola.colorado.gov/rental-mortgage-assistance or contact my office at (303) 274-7944.
Below are a additional resources to help renters and homeowners during this time:

 Funeral Assistance - The American Rescue Plan included funeral assistance for those who’ve lost loved ones to COVID-19. Coloradans who paid for funeral expenses after January 20, 2020, for an individual whose death may have been caused by or was likely the result of COVID-19 can apply for up to $9,000 of assistance per funeral through FEMA’s dedicated call center at 844-684-6333; TTY 800-462-7585, Monday-Friday, 9 AM ET - 9 PM ET. No online applications will be accepted. Click here for more information

 Small Business Resources - The American Rescue Plan included several programs and provisions to continue to support small businesses, venues and restaurants. Click here for a full summary. Several of these programs, including the Paycheck Protection Program and the Restaurant Revitalization Fund are no longer accepting new applications. The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program stopped accepting applications on August 20, 2021.


To learn more about how the state is handling COVID-19 and to get local resources, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment at https://covid19.colorado.gov or on social media at Facebook (facebook.com/CDPHE) and Twitter (@CDPHE). CO HELP is Colorado’s coronavirus hotline and can provide information in many languages including English, Spanish, Mandarin, and more: 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org.

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