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Employee Resources Toolkit

The Steamboat Springs Chamber has created this toolkit to assist the immediate needs that employees may be experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unemployment Insurance

Basic guide to unemployment: click here.

Job Attached Unemployment. “Job Attached” means that the employee is expected to return to their most recent employer after a separation of up to 16 weeks. Restaurant employees may be entitled to this benefit should their employer decide an extended closure is necessary. click here.

File for unemployment: click here.

Colorado Workforce Center offers free services to both employers and job seekers. For job seekers, it is a one-stop location for job training and placement assistance. Their resource center offers Internet access, resume preparation assistance, training, local resources, and more.

Critical Resources

If you or someone you know are in need, please call 970.875.3630. The Northwest Colorado Health Partnership is standing by to help individuals navigate available resources. NCHP Care Coordinators can help connect you to emergency assistance funds, food assistance, transportation assistance and mental health resources. See below more details on available resources.

Food

LiftUp Routt County has three foodbanks located in Steamboat, Hayden and Oak Creek providing food assistance. If you are in need of assistance your first step is to fill out this application.

Parents, be sure to access food support for your children available through the Steamboat Springs School District. A free “brown bag” lunch and next day breakfast starts March 18, 2020 and will continue, excluding Saturdays and Sundays, until further notice. View distribution centers here.

Housing Assistance

Colorado COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project - The COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project is a collaborative, community legal project. Our mission is to provide Coloradoans who are unable to pay their rent during the COVID-19 crisis with information and support.

LiftUp Routt County has emergency funds to help Routt County residents stay in their homes during times of financial distress. This is short-term, one-time help based on financial needs. Email: casemanager@liftuprc.org. Phone: 970.870.8804

Emergency Child Care 

Through a partnership between the State of Colorado with the generous support of Centura Health and the Buell Foundation, the Emergency Child Care Collaborative began on March 23, supporting the families of health care providers, public safety personnel, and staff supporting critically at-risk populations.

Who is covered? As of March 30th, the state will extend a full tuition credit to all essential workers identified in Updated Public Health Order 20-24 issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. This 100% tuition credit will provide childcare to all essential workers until May 17. The program is aimed at serving families in need of childcare in order to continue to perform their critical duties. Parents who have options to keep their children at home with a family member or have other arrangements are encouraged to use those. Emergency childcare provided through the Collaborative is for when all other non-group care settings have been exhausted and families have no other options.

How to Apply: Parents can apply here. Visit the FAQ page for more information.  

Utility Assistance

Energy Outreach Colorado – Providing bill payment assistance, heating system repair/replacement, efficiency upgrades, and energy education.

LiftUp Routt County, working with Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) and internal funding, offers help for Routt County residents who are struggling to pay for water and energy bills during times of financial distress. This assistance is limited to short-term, one-time based on financial needs. Email:  casemanager@liftuprc.org. Phone: 970.870.8804

Love INC of the Yampa Valley provides referrals for utility assistance. Call 970.824.4400

Mt. Werner Water has made adjustments for both residential and commercial customers due to COVID-19.

Visit our Utilities page for more information. 

Transportation

Steamboat Springs Transit Public Transportation Services provides daily fixed route transit throughout the City of Steamboat Springs and curb to curb para-transit service. Starting Sunday, March 29, the free local schedule will be identical to summer service operated last year.  Regional Service will not change. 970.879.3717

LiftUp of Routt County provides gas vouchers for qualifying individuals and families needing to relocate out of Routt County. 970.870.8804

Routt County Veterans Affairs Veterans Assistance provides transportation for veterans to medical appointments in Grand Junction and Denver. 970.870.5469 136 6th St, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Routt County Council on Aging Senior Ride Program provides transportation for senior citizens of Routt County to and from meal sites, medical appointments, shopping, banking, and the post office.  970.879.0633

PeopleCare West provides transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping and errands to all private pay customers. 970.874.0136

Medical

Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) is public health insurance for Coloradans who qualify. Health First Colorado is funded jointly by a federal-state partnership and is administered by the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.

UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center-provides 24/7 emergency medical services. 970.870.1163 1024 Central Park Dr, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 

UCHealth Virtual Urgent Care Visit with an expert local provider on your computer, tablet or smartphone. No drive time, no waiting room, no need to leave home. They will bill your insurance or you can elect a flat fee of $49.

Northwest Colorado Health provides primary care at Community Health Centers in Steamboat Springs and Craig. (970) 879-1632 940 Central Park Dr. Suite 101 Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division issued the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requiring certain employers to provide employees with two to twelve weeks of paid sick leave or expanded family medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19 at two thirds to full pay. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020. Review the Employee Paid Leave Rights information and FAQ page. 

Mental Health/Crisis Services

State Crisis Line- provides suicide prevention and immediate crisis intervention services. 1.844.493.8255/text TALK to 38255

Advocates of Routt County provides a safe and confidential safehouse for victims of domestic or sexual violence and their families. Basic needs, such as food and clothing, are provided while at the safehouse. All residents also have access to advocacy services that include goal setting, navigating the criminal justice system, locating long-term housing, accessing financial assistance or public benefits, etc. Hotline: 24/7 970.879.8888 Office: 970.879.2034

Routt County Department of Human Services 970.870.5253

Mind Springs Health delivers and facilitates quality, cost-effective mental health and substance abuse services and provides evaluation and assistance for admission to mental hospitals on a voluntary and involuntary basis.

Steamboat Springs Outpatient Clinic Client Crisis Line: 1.877.866.8192

Integrated Community assists with limited English-speaking clients in accessing resources. 970.871.4599 443 Oak Street, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

REPS - Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide - 970-846-8182 To talk to a mental health professional. Offering free services. 

Routt County Covid-19 Travel Recommendations

One of the risks for community transmission is traveling. Whether you are visiting Routt County, or you are a resident embarking on a trip out of town, please consider these recommendations as a way to keep you, your family, your workplace, and our community safe.

ROUTT COUNTY COVID-19 HELP LINE

Routt County has established a COVID-19 Help Line to provide information and resources available to county residents: 970-871-8444 every day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This line is for non-medical needs. Routt County has also set up a website to provide more information to the public. 

COVID-19 Response Fund 

A coalition of philanthropy, government, and community partners has joined together to create a COVID-19 Response Fund that will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak in the Yampa Valley region. While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, it is funding community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. 

Another Round, Another Rally Hospitality Relief Grants

Another Round, Another Rally is offering $500 relief grants for hospitality workers who lost their jobs or had their hours slashed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. They are also collecting donations from community members willing to help their hospitality-industry friends and neighbors stay afloat in this time of uncertainty.
 

Contact 

The Steamboat Chamber is dedicated to supporting your business and employees through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. We are here to help.

  • Kara Stoller-CEO
  • John Bristol-Economic Development Director. Contact John for questions about State level policy and programs that can assist business.  
  • Vic Walker-Membership Manager. Contact Vic for employer resources.  
  • Sarah Leonard-Community Development Director. Contact Sarah for employee resources.  
  • Laura Soard- Marketing Director. Contact Laura for visitor information, and website or social media.