When COVID-19 shut down much of the Colorado economy in 2020, Mark Newhouse, an electrical engineer who’d spent his career in the technology industry, was worried. He saw how efforts like the federal Paycheck Protection Program, rental assistance, unemployment compensation and other forms of emergency relief were missing tens of thousands of vulnerable Coloradans.
Many of these workers had paid for unemployment compensation and other safety net programs through their paychecks but were ineligible for any of that help when they were laid off because they are among the 5% of the state’s workers who are undocumented.
He calls them the “left behind workers.”
He felt compelled to do something and he had an idea that in mere months became the Left Behind…
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