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