Long-term recovery assistance available for residents affected by Larimer County floods

Larimer County residents who suffered losses from the September 2013 flooding can soon access assistance through the Long-Term Recovery Group – Larimer County Floods.

Applicants must meet with case managers from the LTRG-LCF, who will assess situations, identify resources, and refer residents to possible sources of assistance, including funds available from the Long-Term Recovery Fund.

Case managers are available in Loveland beginning Tuesday, Dec. 3. An appointment is necessary to meet with a case manager.

On or after Dec. 3, residents should call 970-461-2222 to schedule an appointment at the Loveland location. The LTRG-LCF Loveland office will be located at House of Neighborly Service’s Community Life Center, 1511 E. 11th Street. Its hours of operation will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A second LTRG-LCF case management office will open in Estes Park in the coming weeks. The phone number and location will be announced when that information is available.

A limited amount of funds have been raised to date for survivors who have not been compensated from insurance or other sources. Eligible uses of the funds include the following:

· Repair or replacement of primary homes
· Repair or replacement of personal property
· Loss of livelihood
· Temporary housing needs
· Health-related issues
· Other compelling needs.

To prioritize funding distribution, the LTRG-LCF will consider factors such as financial need, documented disability or health need, single parent, older adult, immediate need for safe housing and other compelling factors. Documentation, as appropriate and available, may be required by case managers to verify need.

“Many individuals and families in Loveland, Estes Park, and surrounding communities in Larimer County continue to struggle with unmet needs as a result of the devastating floods,” said Glorie Magrum, executive director of House of Neighborly Service and co-chair for LTRG-LCF. “The Long-Term Recovery Group, and its partnership with many local nonprofits and organizations, will provide a comprehensive approach to recovery for many.”

The Long-Term Recovery Group – Larimer County Floods is made up of more than 50 nonprofit agencies, government organizations, faith-based groups and concerned citizens.

“Thanks to the generosity of people and businesses in Larimer County and throughout the country, we can help our neighbors rebuild their lives and find stability again,” said Gordan Thibedeau, president & CEO of United Way of Larimer County and co-chair for Long-Term Recovery Group – Larimer County Floods.

Donors wishing to contribute to the LTRG-LCF Fund can do so through United Way of Larimer County, which is serving as the fiscal agent for the fund. Visit www.UnitedWayofLarimerCounty.org or call 970-407-7000 for more information.

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