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DHS Hosts Community Resource Fairs to Help Ease Impacts of Federal Government Shutdown


Partners rally to provide multiple supports for those suffering losses of income during shutdown

Denver Human Services (DHS) is bringing together dozens of community partners to support those suffering a loss of income due to the federal government shutdown. DHS will host two community resource fairs on Saturday, Jan. 19 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at their Castro and East Offices.
Attendees will be able to connect with:

  • Rent, mortgage and utility assistance
  • Banks and credit unions
  • Workforce Training and Services
  • Medical insurance benefits
  • Food and cash benefits
  • Child Care and Child Support Assistance
  • Additional community-based supports

“It is unconscionable that thousands of our families, friends, and neighbors are unable to pay their bills because of an unnecessary and damaging federal government shutdown,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “I’m proud to see Denver stepping up and coming together to support people struggling to put food on the table, pay their housing costs, and obtain other essential needs. I urge the President to end this shutdown now, put these people back to work and get the federal government working again for all our residents.”

In addition to DHS programs and resources, the Office of Economic Development will be on site to provide information about their new Temporary Mortgage Assistance Program, Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance Program, and other housing supports; Energy Outreach Colorado will be onsite to support those needing utility or weatherization assistance; Denver Community Credit Union will be providing financial advice.

“We all need a little help sometimes and we realize some people experiencing a loss of income may not know what resources are available to support them, which is why we’re opening two of our offices on Saturday to help people impacted by the shutdown connect with available community resources,” said Don Mares, executive director of Denver Human Services. “We want Denver residents to know that no matter what life throws your way, we’re here to help you be supported. Together, we’ve got this.”

WHAT: Denver Human Services Community Resource Fair
WHEN: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019
WHERE: Richard T. Castro Human Services Center, 1200 Federal Blvd. DHS East Office, 3815 Steele Street

For more information, clients may visit, or call 720-944-4DHS (4347). 

Download an event flyer here
Media Note: Due to client confidentiality requirements, please contact Julie Smith at 303-513-6851 if you plan to attend the event.

Parking Note: Media may park in any of the spaces titled “Security Only” at the Richard T. Castro Center.