Financial Assistance

If you are struggling to make ends meet, Metro Catholic Outreach (MCO) may be able to help you pay rent or utility bills (electric, gas and water) to avoid eviction or disconnects.

Group of People Holding a Grant CheckMCO financial assistance is made available to you through donations from our 11 church parishes and other donors. You can receive assistance for current month and past due amounts. Payments go directly to your landlord or utility company. We can’t help you with advance payments for future months.


  • You must live in the Cedar Rapids-metro area.
  • You may be eligible to received MCO assistance once every 365 days.
  • You can get help a maximum of three times.

Schedule an Appointment:

Each month, there is one day you can call in to make an appointment for financial assistance consideration. The call-in day is usually the last Friday (the office is closed but we still take calls on this day) of each month, starting at 9 a.m. until we fill our appointments times. Appointments usually fill within an hour. We do not accept walk-ins to schedule an appointment.

MCO has multiple volunteers available to answer phones as quickly as possible on the call-in day, however, our phone doesn’t have a busy signal. Please keep trying or hang up and call back until you talk to a volunteer. We typically fill our appointments within 45 minutes- 1 hour.

Next Call-in Day:

Appointments are filled for February. We’ll begin accepting calls for appointments for March assistance on Friday, February 23, 2018 starting at 9 a.m. until we fill all our appointment times.