Resources for You: tax help, senior programs, and more!

Dear Friend,

I will be hosting a Town Hall discussion at Superior Town Hall (124 E Coal Creek Dr), Saturday March 4th from 10am to 12pm. Please join me for the legislative lowdown!


 
As a state representative, I receive a lot of information about events and resources that can be helpful to you as citizens. See below for several resources for seniors and veterans, as well as tax help and career information.
 
Senior Resources
 
If you are age 65 or older, or had a disability for the duration of 2016, and earned less than $13,234 in total income, you may qualify for the Colorado Property Tax/Rent/Heat Rebate. For more information on this tax rebate, visit here.
 
Some folks might be inclined to do a bit of spring cleaning, but may no longer be able to bend down to the baseboards. If you're a Broomfield senior, you can request the assistance of the Senior Resource Center's Chore Service program (303-253-6952) to help with various cleaning and maintenance tasks. Additionally, Broomfield seniors who temporarily need adaptive equipment such as wheelchairs and shower chairs can contact the Loan Closet (303-464-5526) to borrow these essentials.
 
For Boulder County seniors, the Aging and Disability Resources group helps connect seniors with Medicaid, legal assistance, mental health support, and other vital services (303-441-1617). Boulder County Care Connect also provides resources for seniors. If you are in need of grocery delivery, you may apply to Carry Out Caravan (303-443-1933 ext 414). The Yard Busters program can help with seasonal work to eliminate fall risks in your backyard (303-443-1933).
 
Veteran Resources
 
If you are a veteran looking for employment, Hire a Vet and the US Department of Labor can help connect you with jobs. The ACTS resource center supports homeless and end of employment displaced veterans with reintegration programs, shelter, and other services (303-477-0006). If you are the spouse, family member, or dependent of a service member, you could be eligible for many of the same VA resources that veterans are.
 
Free Tax Help
 
Many families depend on tax refunds, but not nearly enough families take advantage of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). If you earned $54,000 or less in 2016, you are entitled to free tax preparation, which includes help with the EITC and other tax refunds. Here is a tool that can locate your nearest free tax help center, or simply dial 211.
 
Job Resources
 
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has workforce centers that provide free assistance to job seekers and employers, including job listings and resume help. The Boulder County workforce is located at 5755 Central Ave in Boulder (303 413-7555), and Broomfield residents can take advantage of the workforce office at 100 Spader Way (303 464-5855).
 
Want to meet with employers in person? Check out the Denver Career Fair on March 23rd and April 6th!
 
It is estimated that Colorado will need 30,000 new employees in the construction industry in the next seven years. BuildColorado is a program that helps match participants with career opportunities and provides free education and training (no student loans!). 

 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about what's going on here in the State Capitol, please do not hesitate to reach out!
 
Sincerely,
Matt Gray