May 10, 2010 8:19 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Aspen-area residents need emergency funds

Financially struggling residents have already used up the $20,000 allocated to Pitkin County's Emergency Assistance Fund for 2010, with seven months to go in the year.

The fund gives residents one-time help to pay their rent and utility bills, make medical payments, buy food and the like.

County commissioners are considering a request to allocate $20,000 more from revenues generated by the county's Healthy Communities Fund tax to replenish the fund.

Last year the fund awarded about $38,000 to residents.

So far in 2010, the largest outlay from the fund - about $9,000 - has gone toward helping people pay rent as residents feel effects of the Great Recession.


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