The mission of SWCODA is to provide resources during the 416 Fire by matching those that want to help, and those who are in need of help, and to help our communities heal. Click on the + to expand any section.
- The application for CERF Job Interruptions is now closed. Funds will be distributed after Wednesday, July 18th. You will be notified via email after your application has been processed, including verifying employment. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about your application.
- If you are out of work as a direct result of the 416 Fire, you may be eligible for regular unemployment benefits. The fastest way to file a claim is online or call 1-800-388-5515.
- Contact the Colorado Workforce Center for employment opportunities in Durango. Click here for job listings, or contact (970) 247-0308
- All evacuation orders have been lifted. Pre-evacuation notices remain in effect for residences and businesses in the area. Please refer to La Plata County Emergency Operations Center at 970-385-8700 or visit www.co.laplata.co.us for up to date information on the status of evacuations.
- The Community Emergency Assistance Coalition (CEAC) provides one-time emergency assistance to individuals and families in La Plata/San Juan Counties who are facing near term financial crisis. Appointments are required. Please call Housing Solutions at 970-259-1086 to set up your appointment. Please bring a completed application with you. Download application
Southwest Colorado Disaster Assistance is now being extended to help local businesses and nonprofits in Durango and Silverton impacted by the 416 Fire. Starting August 1st, nonprofits can apply for Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) grants to purchase goods and services that would normally be donated from local businesses online at swcoda.org. Stay tuned for more details.
- Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center – Provides assistance with SBA Disaster Relief Loans
- Region 9 Economic Development District of SW Colorado – Business loans and Micro-Enterprise Loans
- First Southwest Community Fund – #SouthwestStrong Fire Relief Business Loans
- Department of Local Affairs – Disaster Recovery Program reimburses local government, communities, small business owners and homeowners for expenses associated with recovery projects and services
- Programs supporting local businesses during 416 Fire:
- Axis Health System is offering free Mental Health Services to people affected by the fire. Receive (3) free 30-minute counseling sessions, or contact the 24/7 Crisis Line at (970) 247-5245.
- If you lost employment due to the 416 Fire, you might qualify for Medicaid. Or if your income drops by 10% or more for 2018 and you have insurance through Connect for Health Colorado, your insurance bill could go down significantly for the rest of the year. This is a free service of San Juan Basin Public Health in Durango (call Kevin O’Connor at 970-335-2021). Learn more here.