Resources for Workers

If you are a worker in Colorado that has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, our office may be able to help.

Below is a list of helpful resources that are available to workers in our area.

  • Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Resources: includes information on how to file or reopen an unemployment claim if you work for a business that closed or reduced your hours to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
    • If your last name begins with a letter from A to M: Please file your unemployment claim on a Sunday, Tuesday, or Thursday, or after 12 noon on Saturday.
    • If your last name begins with a letter from N to Z: Please file your unemployment claim on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, or before 12 noon on Saturday.
  • City of Denver Job Assistance: includes resources from the City of Denver on job assistance and workforce services.


Direct Cash Payments 

In March 2020, Congress passed legislation to provide direct cash payments to most American workers:  

  • Individuals making up to $75,000 ($150,000 for married workers) will receive payments of $1,200 with an additional $500 payment per minor child. The payments decrease ratably and stop altogether for single workers making more than $99,000 ($198,000 for married workers and $218,000 for a family of four.)
  • These payments will be issued by the IRS via direct deposit and will be based on 2019 or 2018 tax return or 2019 Social Security statement.
  • If someone has not filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and does not receive Social Security benefits, the IRS recommends filing a 2018 return to receive payment. If the IRS does not have the taxpayer’s bank account information, the taxpayer should look for a letter from the IRS detailing how to receive their payment.
  • If you receive Social Security, retirement or other social safety net benefits, you may still qualify for direct payments. These payments will not be taxable nor represent “resources” for program eligibility purposes. Click here for more information from the IRS.


If you have any questions, or need more information, please call Rep. DeGette's Denver Office at 303-844-4988.