FIRC’s Financial Empowerment program focuses on working intentionally with people to overcome the challenges of the high cost of living in Summit County. The purpose of our program is to assist with goal setting, reviewing your financial journey, and establishing connections to community resources. Our program includes housing scholarships, financial wholeness planning, utility assistance, and more. Furthermore, we provide education and support to ensure your family’s basic needs are met to help you thrive. To engage in any of our programs call (970) 262-3888 and schedule an appointment or utilize our referral form and we will reach out.
The Community Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) Application
If you are experiencing an emergency, fill out the application below to be considered for a one-time rental assistance stipend. Priority is given to those that have never received assistance before.
Housing Justice Scholarship
Welcome to our Housing Justice Scholarship. Before proceeding with your application, we kindly ask that you carefully review all the requirements and responsibilities outlined. Your participation is greatly appreciated, and by confirming your willingness to actively engage, you are contributing to the success of this initiative..
Energy and Utility Assistance
*If you need energy or utility assistance fill out the referral form
LEAP (Colorado Low-income Energy Assistance Program): Eligible participants experiencing a heat emergency, such as running out of propane, natural gas shut offs or failing heating systems may be eligible for expedited processing of their application. Apply online or call 1-866-432-8435 for more information.
Affordable Connectivity Program: Provides discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households. A household is eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program if the household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Apply Now
Energy Outreach Colorado (ECO) – Bill Payment Assistance: Provide bill payment assistance to households who are behind on their energy bills and are at risk of not having home energy. Payments are made directly to a local utility or fuel company.
EOC – Community Solar Gardens: This program connects limited-income renters and homeowners with community solar gardens to receive credits towards their energy bill. To qualify, the household income must be at or below 80% of your county’s area median income.
FIRC partners with nonprofits, local and state government programs and other organizations and businesses. If there is a need for a service that FIRC does not provide, we will do our best to help you locate assistance elsewhere through referral and advocacy. For assistance, call our front desk at: 970-262-3888.
DOLA - Department of Local Affairs
If you are in search of assistance with mortgage or bills you can check if you’re eligible for DOLA’s Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program at mortgagehelpco.org!
The Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program uses federal Homeowner Assistance Funds to help homeowners affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, get caught up on past-due housing/mobile home payments, property taxes, lot rent, insurance and housing utilities.
Through one degree, you can now find all the resources you need to meet your basic needs — from childcare to mental health to food — by text and online on your phones or computers.
Click here to find everything you need in Summit County or text 844-833-1334 with what you need (e.g. “food” or “housing”).