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Fremont and Chaffee County assistance program.

Individuals that are struggling, as well as low income families, have options available to them when it comes to paying for their bills and basic needs. Get information on programs available for paying for emergency needs. Churches, non-profits, community action agencies and other locations can all provide financial help for paying expenses, bills, housing, and other costs.

Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments is located at 3224-A Independence Road, Canon City, Colorado. They are the local community action agency, and one of the resources and organizations they partner with is the Upper Arkansas Area Agency on Aging. Together these two groups provide emergency financial assistance to the low income, and offer other programs for seniors and the elderly. The organizations plan, coordinate and deliver services across the greater Chaffee and Fremont region.

Receive food and groceries from the Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program. Qualified low income families with children and seniors may be eligible for free food, commodities, and perishable items. People can only use this program a few times per year.

Head Start is a preschool and educational preparation program for low-income families in Colorado and across the nation. Children from low income families who range in age from 3 to 5 qualify for this educational and social service program based on their families income, need, and age.

Head Start offers children and their families various support services. Some examples include free food, nutrition, and health care for children. On the other hand, parents can take part in training classes and workshops on many subjects, such as job training, child rearing, information on proper health and nutrition, and using free resources and accessing government programs in your own community. Some parents can take classes to learn to read and improve literacy, or even learn the English language. Head Start in Fremont also offers assistance to parents interested in obtaining adult education opportunities such as a high school General Equivalency Diploma (GED).






The Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment Program is paid for by the federal government. However it is administered by the Colorado Division of Housing and local community action agencies such as the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments. It can help pay for, and provide decent, safe, and sanitary rental housing to the low income. Learn more on section 8.

Section 8 can provide a voucher that can be used to pay rent for low and very-low income families, handicapped, singles, senior citizens, and the disabled.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds can pay for home improvements as part of the UAACOG Home Improvement Loan Program. Very low interest loans can be provided to low-income families living in Fremont, Chaffee, and other surrounding counties. All funds and loans are provided to either replace or repair for needed items in existing owner-occupied homes. Click here for additional loan programs,

Some of what can be paid for by the Loan Program includes Leaking Roof, Crumbling Foundation, Heating System Repair, Plumbing, Septic Tanks, and more. Other energy saving conservation can also be paid for, such as efficient windows, caulking, and similar updates.

Call (719) 275-8350 to reach the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments.




Loaves and Fishes Ministries of Fremont County offers rent, mortgage, and utility bill assistance as part of the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments. The office is at 241 Justice Center Rd., Canon City, CO, 81212, phone number 719-275-0593. The specific program is known as Sharing the Love of God, and it assists individuals and families struggling with paying for their basic needs. All assistance paid out is background checked and payments are made directly to vendors or landlords, after an interview and application process is completed. In addition to the housing and heating bill assistance, a food bank distributes thousands of pounds of food to the needy every year.

Manna House supplies new or gently used clothing. 208 W. Main St., Florence, Colorado 81226, dial 719-784-1955

Arkansas Valley Christian Mission runs a food pantry. The location is at 122 Cottonwood Ave., Buena Vista, Colorado 81211, phone 719-395-9321. This center is the only food pantry serving Buena Vista, Colorado, and it can help people of all religions.

First Presbyterian Church also distributes food, meals, and grocery items. 7 Poncha Blvd, Salida, Colorado 81201, phone number is 719-539-6422

New Caring & Sharing has a soup kitchen on site which is open several days per week, and also provides free food. The center is a soup kitchen type ministry. Phone number 719-539-4849

Golden Age Center provides federal government commodities to the needy. The center is in Canon City Colorado. Call 719-275-5177 for information.

Clinics and public health care

Fremont Public Health – Only provides immunizations to the low income and children. Call 719-275-1626 for appointments.

Chaffee People's Clinic provides the uninsured access to health care. The community clinic wants to ensure that all people, regardless of income and background, can access medical care for themselves and their families. 114 Linderman, Buena Vista, Colorado 81201, call 719-395-3238





By Jon McNamara

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