Did you know that there are emergency financial assistance programs operating in Southwest Colorado year round? The Community Emergency Assistance Coalition (CEAC) and Pagosa Outreach Connection (POC) are available to residents of San Juan (CO)/La Plata and Archuleta Counties, respectively. These vital programs help keep many of our community members, who would normally be financially self sustainable, back on their feet and out of homelessness by helping pay for past due rent, utilities, car insurance and repairs, to name a few. During this pandemic, these programs are more vital than ever.
United Way of Southwest Colorado is proud to serve as the fiscal agent for both programs. Each organization meets weekly to review applications and distribute as many funds to as many deserving applicants as possible. As you can imagine, the applicant pool has dramatically increased since the Governor’s Stay-At-Home order went into effect.
Want to help? These communities’ emergency assistance programs are one of the best ways for your dollars to have a direct impact on individuals’ lives. CEAC and POC always confirm with landlords and vendors before ever paying out funds, and always pay vendors/landlords directly. The POC and CEAC committees also typically do not fund applicants who cannot demonstrate a path to financial stability after receiving assistance. So you can be assured these dollars are spent wisely and responsibly. Visit unitedway-swco.org/donate to contribute today.
Please also note that Montezuma/Dolores counties run a similar program for their community members: Montelores Emergency Assistance Coalition (MEAC). United Way of Southwest Colorado is not directly involved with this program, however, it is run by one of our partner organizations, The Pinon Project, and is a very reputable and effective program. For more information on MEAC or to apply, please visit pinonproject.org/family-and-supportive-services.