RESOURCES RELATED TO COVID-19

Archuleta County DHS is working closely with local and regional agencies to provide assistance to our community. Please see below for community resources available in Archuleta County

Archuleta County Central Call Center in Place

Archuleta County Central Call Center is active. The number for the call center is (970) 422-7084. Callers will be dialing into a main number. They may dial 1 for La Plata County or 2 for Archuleta County. When the caller makes their selection, the operator will answer questions directly or will be able to forward them to an agency that may be able to assist. The call center is designed to assist people with finding the resource that might be able to help them.

Baby & Toddler Supply Packages, Summer Meals for children - 

Please click "Flyer" for more information.

San Juan Basin Public Health and Axis Health System Partner to Provide Free COVID-19 Community Testing in Archuleta County

Pagosa Springs, Colo.: Axis Health System (Axis) and San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) are partnering to provide drive-through COVID-19 testing at the Archuleta Integrated Healthcare clinic which is located at 52 Village Drive in Pagosa Springs. Drive-through community testing will be available on Tuesdays from 12pm to 4:30pm by appointment only. Testing will start on Tuesday, June 2nd and continue through Tuesday, August 25th, depending on community need.

Because this will be a drive-through testing site, appointments are required to manage traffic concerns and distancing requirements. Please call Archuleta Integrated Healthcare at 970-264-2104 to make an appointment. Quick facts about this community testing effort:

  • No referrals or doctors’ orders are needed.
  • Testing is open to all members of the community.
  • There is no fee for testing from June 2nd through August 25th.

State and Area COVID-19 Updates & Information

  • San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBHP) - Please visit: SJBPH website.
  • State of Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE), please visit CDPHE

Colorado Food Assistance, COVID-19 and P-EBT

What is P-EBT?

Recent federal law to support COVID-19 relief created the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program as an important nutritional resource to families who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals as schools across Colorado closed in response to COVID-19. P-EBT provides households with an EBT card funded with the value of the free school breakfast and lunch reimbursement rates for the days that schools have been closed in March, April and May, which equals $5.70 per day.

Learn more at this link:  https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/colorado-food-assistance-and-covid-19 

Food Assistance Information

The Colorado Department of Human Services has addressed questions about Food Assistance (SNAP).  To access the document please click CDHS SNAP INFORMATION

Colorado PEAK - Online Portal to Assistance Programs – Skip the Office Visit

The Colorado Program Eligibility and Application Kit (PEAK) at https://coloradopeak.secure.force.com/ has everything you need to:

• Learn about public assistance programs
• Complete an application
• Manage benefits

Anyone can connect to PEAK 24 hours a day, seven days a week via internet access on a smartphone, tablet or computer. PEAK is safe and secure, which means your personal information is protected. You may also Google “Colorado PEAK” or visit the Archuleta County Department of Human Services web page to reach the site.

Archuleta County Food Coalition (website)

There are several local Food Pantries that may assist with food assistance. Information on local and hours of operation can be found at Archuleta County Food Pantries.

Axis Health System - Crisis team can be reached 24/7 via our Axis Care Line: 970.247.5245.

Axis Health is open and available for patients and the community at all Axis Health System locations. Axis Health is posting regular updates on our service availability and other helpful resources at:

SoCoCAA–The Training Advantage  - Archuleta County Colorado Works/Workforce Programs

Please contact Linda Stuckwish either at 970-264-5627 or linda.stuckwich@state.co.us

Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce

Business Updates and Information can be found at PS Chamber

Southwest Colorado Disaster Assistance

Community and business groups are working together to collect and share resources during the COVID pandemic. The goal is to support residents, businesses and visitors of Southwest Colorado with up-to-date, accurate information and resources for all those impacted by this disaster in our communities. Please visit SWCODA for more information.

State of Colorado 2-1-1 Colorado 

In partnership with Mile High United Way, the Colorado State Emergency Operations Center activated 2-1-1  Colorado to connect Coloradans with human service resource statewide.  Coloradans can reach Western Colorado 2-1-1 website at https://wc211.org/  or calling 1-888-217-1215.

Unemployment Insurance Benefits 

If you work for an employer that closed or reduced your hours to help to the spread of COVID-19, you can file or reopen an unemployment claim. Go to Coloradoui.gov/fileaclaim

Pagosa Outreach Connection (POC)

POC is a collaborative multi-sector group of concerned citizens  including non-profit, business, faith based and governmental agencies who gather weekly to screen, advocate and provide financial assistance to residents in need.  Typically, the POC service is provided as a one-time intervention to support residents who are experiencing a financial hardship or crisis.  For more information and an application, please click POC Application

Housing Solutions for the Southwest - Short Term Emergency Rental/Mortgage Assistance Program

Emergency Housing Assistance Program Intake Application (English)

Emergency Housing Assistance Program Intake Application (Spanish)

All applications should be emailed to bkorce@swhousingsolutions.com or sent to/dropped off (we have a drop box we are not open to the public for walk-ins) to Housing Solutions for the Southwest; attn: Brigid Korce 295 Girard St. Durango, CO 81303

The program is open to all residents of San Juan (COLORADO), Archuleta and San Juan Counties

We have limited funding and will end this emergency program by July 20th, 2020; and we will discontinue processing applications when the fund is spent down.

Applicants must pay 1/3 of their income (for the current month) toward their rent and the program pays the rest if eligible.

We are processing in order of receipt of complete application. If we receive an incomplete household we will follow up with the person to obtain the documents needed so encourage people to do their best.

If someone needs the application documents mailed to them we can do so, the PDF is fillable and they can type their names in as signature. People are encouraged to take screen shots or photos of required documents and email along with their application.

The application requests a number of documents including paystubs for 2 months prior to March 11th and 2 months current. Households must be below 50% of the AMI (prior to COVID)-this is attached for reference.

The rental lease or mortgage must be in the name of the applicant.

Adult applicant members of the household must have a valid ID to prove who they are; the lease proves residency.

Mortgage applicants must have documentation that they were denied forbearance.

This program is not able to pay for rental assistance in units/households where: household rent is paid by a housing choice voucher, highly subsidized section 8 properties or any other property where the resident pays 1/3 of their income in rent. This is because rent is adjusted in adjusted by housing provider when they report income gain/loss and considered affordable.

Service providers or landlords are welcome to email applications if they are working with a client. However, we cannot share information about a client without their release of information allowing us to do so.

Low Income Energy Assistance Program 

LEAP helps pay a portion of winter home heating costs. Apply over the phone or submit an application online, please click LEAP Application to download an application.

Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC)

Energy Outreach Colorado can only provide assistance for utilities.  Your heating bill or hearing and electric bill must be at lease one day past due.  For more information and an application please click here EOC Application

Stimulus checks: This is an evolving issue and we’re working to keep folks updated as we learn more. Here is what we know so far:

  • Full FAQ page
  • I’m not typically required to file a tax return. Can I still receive my payment?
    • Yes. People who typically do not file a tax return will need to file a simple tax return to receive an economic impact payment. Low-income taxpayers, senior citizens, Social Security recipients, and some veterans and individuals with disabilities who are otherwise not required to file a tax return will not owe tax.

  • How can I file the tax return needed to receive my economic impact payment?
    • IRS.gov/coronavirus will soon provide information instructing people in these groups on how to file a 2019 tax return with simple -- but necessary -- information, including their filing status, number of dependents, and direct deposit bank account information.