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Colorado begins issuing one-time payment to those hit hardest by pandemic

Posted at 8:17 AM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 10:17:09-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — One-time payments aimed at assisting Coloradans who have faced particular hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic have started to be issued by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

The payment of $375 will go to those who have received weekly unemployment benefits from $25 to $500 between March 15 and Oct. 24 of this year.

“Whether you’ve suffered from the virus itself, faced economic struggles, or felt the mental toll - no one is left unscathed by this pandemic. This direct cash payment will help cover rent or put food on the table for over 400,000 Coloradans who have struggled, but we know that Colorado or any state can only do so much, and national help is urgently needed,” Gov. Jared Polis said in a release.

The release stated this payment could take several days to hit a claimant's account depending on their "bank's direct deposit guidelines and method of payment preference on file." Anyone anticipating this payment is encouraged to check their benefits account to make sure their address is up-to-date and that the payment method selected is the one preferred.

Polis said this payment will help over 400,000 Coloradans and reiterated the need for a federal bipartisan aid package for those "most impacted by the pandemic."

This one-time payment is a result of an executive order Polis signed Saturday that authorized the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to make the direct cash stimulus payment.
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