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Emergency assistance for bills

The United Way of Southwest Colorado has received a substantial grant that is to be used to provide additional assistance for local residents. The funds came from El Pomar and the Colorado Assistance Fund II grant program. This funds was created to address the needs of people suffering from the weak economy and economic downturn.

The United Way, located at 281 Sawyer Dr in Durango, was awarded $20,000 in funds, and the homeless shelter and FLC program each were granted $5,000 in money.

The requests for utilities assistance, rent assistance and other forms of aid and emergency assistance have more than doubled from a year ago, and these funds will allow the United Way to increase the amount of help provided to local residents.





Rent, mortgage, and utility bill assistance

Housing Solutions for the Southwest (HS), which is located at 295 Girard St., Durango, CO 81303, and phone number (970) 259-1086,  provides several resources and programs for low to moderate income families and others who are struggling with their bills or debts.

They include the Eviction and Emergency Homeless Prevention Program, which provides rent assistance, cash grants, and other emergency aid to ensure people are not evicted from their homes. Money is available for paying a mortgage, rent, and energy bills. Another service they offer is known as Housing Counseling and Advice. This will provide foreclosure prevention advice and counseling, information on government mortgage programs, landlord and tenant dispute resolution, legal advice, and other counseling. Last, but not least, they administer the Weatherization Program, which will help people save on their energy and heating bills. It will install, for free, energy saving upgrades to homes, such as wall, attic, and crawl space insulation , tune up furnaces, caulking, and other updates.





By Jon McNamara

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