Emergency Assistance

You can only afford to pay ONE: Your daughter’s lunch or the electric bill. What would you choose? Who would you turn to?

Unexpected emergencies can make it impossible to pay for basic needs, forcing a family to choose between paying routine bills like rent and utilities – or buying life’s basic necessities, like food and life-saving medication.

What is an Emergency?

  • Hospitalization after a car accident
  • Job loss in a rough economy
  • Victimized by crime and subsequent legal battle
  • Assisting relatives
  • Devastating diagnosis of disease
  • Death of their loved one or caretaker

How We Help

Our program provides one-time assistance to families and individuals who can prove a state of emergency. Our assistance is often financial, but can also address needs for prescription assistance or other service referrals. Our average financial assistance payment is $379.

Catholic Charities offers a unique program of emergency assistance in each of our four regions. Click on any of the regions below to learn more: Denver Metro Area (Serving Adams, Arapahoe, Denver and Jefferson counties) Larimer County (Serving Ft. Collins and the surrounding region) Weld County (Serving Greeley and the surrounding region) Western Slope Region (Serving Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties).

Rental assistance is designated for apartments, condominiums, single family homes or mobile units and there must be a current lease (six month minimum and no month to month) in place with the landlord. Property ownership will be verified through the appropriate county assessor’s office. Rental assistance is not used for the leasing of basements, attics, bedrooms or motels/hotels even if there is a lease in place with the landlord.

How can you help?