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Grantee Spotlight: United Policyholders

Founded in 1991, United Policyholders (UP) is an advocate and resource for disaster victims and insurance consumers across the United States. Thanks to funding provided by the community foundation’s Boulder County Wildfire Fund, UP has helped to guide Marshall Fire survivors through the recovery process for the last two years. This guidance is offered through UP’s Roadmap to Recovery program which provides a suite of classes, workshops, and other resources to fire survivors. As we head into 2024, the community foundation is continuing its support of UP's important work.  
 
In the coming months, UP plans to organize another Roadmap to Recovery series. This year, the focus includes maximizing insurance funds, disaster casualty loss taxes, recoverable depreciation, and other relevant issues.  
 
Additionally, UP will continue to:  
 
  • Maintain and curate the Marshall Fire Recovery and Insurance Claim Help Library, providing guidance, information, links, sample letters, and self-help strategies for insured households 
  • Offer individualized insurance claim and recovery support, including the Ask an Expert forum.  
  • Employ a part-time Marshall Fire Local Recovery Liaison to collaborate with local partners and offer direct support to affected households and small businesses. 
  • Offer support, guidance, and encouragement through Team UP, United Policyholders’ corps of volunteers. 
  • Gather and provide useful, relevant, and accurate data through a Colorado Home Insurance Survey in early 2024.
     
United Policyholders is invested in supporting communities through recovery, and are committed to helping individuals and families stay informed and prepared for disasters. In addition to their Roadmap to Recovery program, UP will offer Roadmap to Preparedness webinars and events, and update their Colorado Preparedness and Resiliency library to help homeowners and renters stay informed about home insurance, home hardening, and disaster preparedness. 
 
UP often shares the maxim that “recovery is a marathon, not a sprint,” but with their help, our community has been able to recover at a steady pace. We are grateful for their work and look forward to their continued support.