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.
  • We can not assist if you have a shut off notice or are shut off.

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 45 minutes. We do not accept walk-ins to schedule an appointment. As of July 1, 2018, we will not be assisting with deposits.

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 April 2019. We’ll begin accepting calls for appointments for May assistance on Friday, April 26,2019 starting at 9 a.muntil we fill all our appointment times.  This usually takes 30-40 minutes and is is very difficult to get through due to the extremely high numbers calling for help. Please have patience and be polite to the volunteers!