Community Updates and Information

Saint James United Methodist Church

Address: 123 Eureka St, Central City, CO 80427
Phone(303) 582-5882

Saint Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church

Address: 135 Pine St, Central City, CO 80427
Phone(303) 567-4662

Website

Saint Paul's Episcopal Church

Address: 226 E 1st High St, Central City, CO 80427
Phone(303) 582-0450

Gilpin County has available the following resources for accessing food:

  • Emergency Assistance: Limited rent, food, and medical assistance is provided for income eligible Gilpin County residents as funds are available. 
    • Contact: Jennifer Josselyn, 303-582-5444, or by email.
  • Gilpin County Food Bank: Open Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and food boxes can be picked up at the Justice Center parking lot by the Court and Human Services entrance (2960 Dory Hill Road). This distribution is open to anyone in Gilpin County and consists of one box of food per family. 
    • Contact: David Josselyn, 303-515-4309 or email or Katy Massa 303-515-4393 or email
  • Meals on Wheels: Meals on wheels will be delivered to participants Monday - Friday between 8:30 a.m. and noon. Participants will receive a knock on the door and the meal will be left on your doorstep in order to comply with the social distancing guidelines.
  • Senior lunches will be provided on a “grab-n-go” basis on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Pick up location is at the Community Center parking lot located at 250 Norton Drive.
  • View food services for seniors for additional resources from Gilpin County.
  • Please visit Gilpin County Sheriff Department’s Facebook page for updates.

Local Housing Opportunities

State Resources

At the Special Session of the Colorado State Legislature in December, State lawmakers approved $54 million for rent and mortgage relief.

Rent and mortgage assistance is available to low-income families facing economic disruption associated with COVID-19. Renters and homeowners can apply for assistance from the Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) through two statewide partner agencies, Brothers Redevelopment and the Salvation Army.  For more information about agencies providing assistance to local areas, an online map is provided here.

To qualify for assistance, households must have earned below 50% of the Area Median Income for their county prior to March 11, 2020.  Further income guidelines can be found here.

Landlords and property owners can apply directly to the Property Owner Preservation (POP) program, which will help pay rent if a tenant isn't able to. There is no income limit for the program, but there are limits on the amount of rent covered.  More information about POP can be found here.

For Coloradans who are at risk of losing their housing due to COVID-19, Colorado Housing Connects is an additional resource. Renters, homeowners, and landlords can find more information here.

The Promise Program Post Secondary Education Scholarship encourages high school graduates and GED recipients of Central City to make post-secondary education a priority. View the guidelines and application here

State Resources

Unemployment benefits may be available to workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own. These biweekly benefit payments help job seekers focus on their path to employment and help lessen the negative impact that unemployment has on the economy. The initial processing time for a claim takes four to six weeks; then if it is determined you qualify to receive payment, you are paid every two weeks from a fund paid by employers. The State of Colorado outlines the process in their handbook

Alternatives to laying off your employees

The Work-Share Program provides an alternative to laying off employees by allowing them to keep working, but with fewer hours. While an employee is working fewer hours, he or she may be eligible to collect part of his or her regular unemployment benefits.

Colorado Health Emergency Leave with Pay Rules

The Colorado Health Emergency Leave with Pay Rules (“Colorado HELP” 7 CCR 1103-10) requires up to four days of paid sick for employees being tested for coronavirus COVID-19 in select industries which include: leisure and hospitality; food services; child care; education, including transportation, food service, and related work at educational establishments; home health, if working with elderly, disabled, ill, or otherwise high-risk individuals and; nursing homes and community living facilities.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act expands access to emergency paid sick leave to as many as 87 million U.S. workers. Many of these workers currently have no paid leave and are being forced to choose between their paycheck, their health, and the health of the people around them. This is a critical step toward protecting families’ financial security and mitigating the spread of the coronavirus.

2-1-1 Colorado

2-1-1 will work in conjunction with The Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public (CO HELP), a toll-free hotline for the latest public health information. Visit their website or dial 2-1-1 or (866) 760-6489 toll free. You can use 2-1-1 to navigation services to resources such as:  

Housing, including shelters and transitional services, Rent and utility assistance, Applying for SNAP benefits by phone, Childcare,Food/meals, Transportation, Clothing/personal/household needs, Mental health and substance use disorders, Employment, Education, Medical clinics, Dental clinic, and other government/economic services.

Local Resources

Workforce Centers

The Jefferson County Business & Workforce Center, serving Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Gilpin County, is located at 2960 Dory Hill Road, Suite 100, Black Hawk, CO 80403. 

Workforce Centers provide a variety of free services to assist employers and job seekers alike. These include: Job listings, Computer & internet access, Career counseling & training for job seekers Recruitment of workers, pre-screening & referral services, Tax credits and training reimbursement for employers, and Customers can choose either self-service or staff-assisted options to meet their employment needs.

Contact Information:

Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy has issued a statement on COVID-19 responses which can be found here.  Please contact Xcel Energy directly if you are having difficulty paying your bills at this time.