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Energy assistance helps Fort Collins mom take care of business

12 Jun. 2017

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Energy assistance helps Fort Collins mom take care of business


EOC supports her transition from unemployed to operations specialist

With three kids at home and a full-time job, single-mom Karla C. is delighted with her hectic life.

Just months ago she was unemployed and anxious about the possibility of losing her rent subsidy in Fort Collins, a high-cost housing community. Now, with the help of Energy Outreach Colorado, she’s working her way out of debt and guiding her teenagers into productive and happy lives of their own.

“It’s been a tough couple of years,” she said. After going through a divorce, Karla earned an associate’s degree and worked awhile for a small construction company. She was laid off for more than a year, completed a job training program and was hired into a temporary position with an insulation installation company. She has since advanced to the full-time operations specialist/office manager.

“I had a garnishment from deferred student loan payments that hit me on my first paycheck last fall and that really hurt us,” she said, noting that she receives very little in child support. “We had to tighten up our spending a lot.”

When Fort Collins Utilities notified her that her electric account was in danger of being disconnected, she was concerned because her Section 8 subsidized rent is dependent on her maintaining home utility service. Fortunately, Energy Outreach Colorado was able to pay the overdue portion of her bill.

“It most definitely took some stress off of my shoulders,” Karla said. “I don’t like to ask for help, and we were selling what we could, but it was a reality we had to face and we needed help.”


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