City distributes $50,000 to community members impacted by severe wind damage

Assistance will help mobile home park residents impacted by wind disaster

Assistance will help mobile home park residents impacted by wind disaster.

Hurricane-level winds that worsened the tragic Marshall Fire on Dec. 30, 2021 also damaged more than 100 manufactured homes throughout the City of Boulder. In response to this damage, the city’s Housing and Human Services Department (HHS) released emergency financial assistance through its Human Services Fund to help city households that experienced severe damage.

“In this situation, the health or safety of community members was at immediate risk, and the damage, if left unattended, could have resulted in more damage and economic hardships for the household”, shared Kristin Hyser, HHS Deputy Director. “We’re honored that we were able to help our community members in their time of need.”

As the impact of the wind became clear, staff from multiple city departments, including bilingual staff, engaged with those affected by the damage to begin responding to their needs. City Community Connectors also provided valuable information on wind damage.

To date, the city has disbursed $37,500 from the city Human Services Fund for financial assistance for eight households. City staff consulted with Boulder County officials to ensure that this funding is in alignment with the levels of assistance provided to people experiencing property damage from the fire.

Households that received the financial assistance expressed appreciation, noting that the funding enabled them to cover expenses for urgent repair and higher utility bills due to home damage. In addition to funding, city staff also helped connect impacted residents with volunteer organizations to help begin their recovery.

For information on assistance currently available for those impacted by wind damage or the Marshall Fire, please visit Boulder County’s website.