Emergency Funds

Tri-County Health Network offers several options to community members struggling to pay bills or maintain stable housing for themselves and their families. Read more about these funds below, and contact us with questions or for more information.

Energy Outreach Colorado: 

Tri-County Health Network provides Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) grants to help limited-income households pay their home energy bills.  

Goal: 

The goal of EOC is to help low-income individuals and families afford the cost of home energy fuels. Payments are made directly to energy vendors on behalf of customers. 

Qualifying Fuels:  

  • Electricity 
  • Natural Gas 
  • Coal 
  • Firewood 
  • Kerosene 
  • Propane 
  • Oil 
  • Wood pellet fuel 

Who is Eligible for EOC:

  • Applicant must be directly responsible for their energy bill. This person does not have to be the account holder, but this requires proof of responsibility for bill. 
  • EOC funds can be granted only ONCE per fuel, up to two fuels, during the grant year (Oct. 1, 2018– Sept. 29, 2019). 
  • All eligible applicants are required to apply for LEAP before receiving EOC funds (Nov. 1- April 30). If the applicant does not qualify for LEAP, they can mention this on the EOC application without needing to apply to LEAP. 
  • LEAP Eligibility: 
  • Pay home heating costs 
  • Permanent legal resident of the United States and a Colorado resident OR have household members that are U.S. citizens 
  • Proof of lawful presence in the U.S. (Colorado driver’s license/ID card, military ID card or military dependent’s ID card, Coast Guard Merchant Mariner card, Native American Tribal document) 
  • Maximum family income that does not exceed 165% federal poverty index 
  • Required paperwork to apply: 
  • 1 month paystub 
  • You must be at least 1 day past due on your energy bill 
  • You have not received assistance during the past EOC year 
  • You must pay your energy bill directly to your energy provider and not through another method, such as part of your rent. 

To inquire about eligibility and to receive an application, please email info@tchnetwork.org with EOC Application in the subject line or call (970)-708-7096. 

Good Neighbor Fund: 

Tri-County Health Network administers the Good Neighbor Fund (GNF) in partnership with the Telluride Foundation. The purpose of the Fund is to promote a stable workforce in San Miguel County and provide emergency financial assistance to qualified applicants so they may remain living and working in the County.  

Goal:

To help individuals stay in the community and households to stay intact during times of financial crisis. 

Who is Eligible for GNF 

Eligible candidates must be able to provide: 

  1. Proof of residence in or surrounding San Miguel County & West Montrose County (e.g. copy of lease agreement) 
  1. Proof of employment in the region (e.g. copy of pay stub) 
  1. Statements demonstrating current financial need (e.g. copies of bills, balances forwarded) 
  1. All regular financial commitments (e.g. electric bill, mortgage or rent due, car insurance, medical bill, phone, health insurance) 
  1. Must have lived/worked in San Miguel County or West Montrose County for the past 4 years 
  1. Proof of exhausting all other avenues of financial support. 

Considerations: 

  • Grants will be for relatively small and urgent needs, such as short-term transportation and lodging and medical emergencies.  
  • Payments will be made directly to providers of the services for the individual or family in need and not to the individual directly.  
  • No payments shall be made for services such as legal fees and court costs, child support, alimony, fines, parking tickets, cable bills, etc.  
  • This application process can take up to 2 weeks. If approved, checks will NOT arrive to the recipient before one week after approval date. 
  • The maximum grant allotment per application period is $1,500 and applicants are eligible to apply once every three years. 

Contact: 

For more information on the fund or how to apply email info@tchnetwork.org or call 970-708-7096.

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