In late 2020, the Colorado Legislature opened a special session to help alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the special session, the American Heart Association supported four bills that aimed to promote health equity.
The AHA called on the Colorado community to use the power of their voice to tell their local legislators that we needed to come together and do our part to make sure all Coloradans are able to stay warm, safe and healthy.
We’re pleased to announce that thanks the hard work of the AHA’s government relations and advocacy teams, and with the support of the local community, the four bills passed.
The four bills the AHA supported are:
Food Pantry Assistance Grant Program (HB20B-1003)
This measure increases funding for grants to food pantries. With so many out of work due to the pandemic, it’s more important now than ever that we look out for those in need. This critical funding measure will help ensure that Colorado families and kids don’t go hungry this holiday season.
Grants to Improve Internet Access in Pre-K though 12th Grade Education (HB20B-1001)
Internet access has become critical to our children’s education while we all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. This measure will create a grant program for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students and prioritize communities with the highest need.
Housing and Direct COVID Emergency Assistance (SB20B-002)
Housing this winter will be critical for those affected financially by the pandemic. This measure will provide emergency housing assistance for Coloradans who have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19. It also provides legal representation for renters to help with eviction threats and other housing legal issues that occurred on or after March 1, 2020 due to the financial strain of the pandemic.
Money for Energy Utility Bill Payment Assistance (SB20B-003)
Winter is already here, and heating bills are coming due. This measure will provide direct utility bill payment assistance to low-income families, Coloradans who have been especially hard-hit by the pandemic.
Together, we can work to create a world of longer, healthier lives in Colorado. Join our You’re the Cure Network for the latest updates from our local advocacy team. Visit www.yourethecure.org to sign up today.
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.