Financial assistance

Lewis: Seeking help against wildfires | Letters


Following the 2020 Colorado and Wyoming wildfires, the American Red Cross of Colorado and Wyoming provided shelter, food, relief and comfort to disaster survivors. The Red Cross also provided immediate financial assistance to help severely affected households buy basic necessities such as groceries and clothing. This first phase of financial assistance has ended and a second phase to people whose homes were severely affected by the forest fires of last year began on November 16, 2021. This second phase of financial assistance will allow people to continue their recovery, and these funds can be used to help replace household items, offset transportation costs, or meet other salvage needs.

Through our generous donors, the Red Cross is providing financial assistance to households whose homes have been confirmed to have been destroyed or suffered significant damage by designated wildfires in Colorado and Wyoming during fire season. 2020 and have ongoing recovery needs.

To be eligible for Bridge Assistance, households must apply for the program and must meet all of the following requirements:

To apply for the transition assistance program

Customers eligible for the Immediate Assistance program will receive an invitation from the Red Cross to complete a Bridging Assistance request.

All Red Cross services, including financial aid, are accessible to people regardless of nationality, race, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, social class or political opinion. The Red Cross is a charity, not a government agency, and people don’t have to be U.S. citizens to receive our help.

Financial assistance from the Red Cross is not a loan and does not need to be repaid.

JANET LEWIS, Executive Director American Red Cross Wyoming