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EOC programs a key resource for empowering Coloradans

26 Jan. 2018

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EOC programs a key resource for empowering Coloradans

 

Nearly 1 in 4 Coloradans live at or near the poverty level, including one in three children, according to the 2017 State of Working Colorado report recently released by the Colorado Center on Law & Policy.

Many of these folks are limited-income seniors, families with children, and people with special needs who Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) assists. We also support working households who encounter unexpected financial challenges, and those who benefit from efficiency measures to lower their energy costs. 

Coloradans at 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) – the official measure of poverty -- live on incomes of under $23,760 for an individual and $40,320 for a family of three.  Worse yet, according to the study, about 260,000 Coloradans are living in deep poverty – half of the FPL – which in 2016 meant just $6,100 per year for an individual.

For Colorado’s poorest households, it isn’t possible to pay for food, housing, transportation, child care, health care and other basic needs with public or private support. However, if they receive EOC’s energy bill payment assistance, they can better afford their other basic needs.

EOC provides vital resources to empower households across the state to keep up with home energy bills, lower energy costs, and better manage their home energy. We do this so that all Coloradans can remain warm and safe in their homes.

 

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