LiftUp’s primary focus is to ensure all Routt County neighbors have access to basic human needs (food, shelter, & clothing) while also fostering self-sufficiency & personal growth. In 2023, 731 neighbors stayed in their homes, kept their heat on, or received healthcare assistance.

Case Workers assist each neighbor individually. It’s private, one-on-one and we promise you’ll feel welcome. Case Workers will respond to inquiries and requests within 48 hours. They do not respond on Saturday, Sunday or on federal holidays.

Please review the application AND the Client Document Checklist. Submit your application and required documentation to caseworker@liftuprc.org. If email is not possible, hard copies may be delivered in person to one of our Food Banks during their hours of operation.

Questions? Complete the contact us form or call 970-870-8804

Do I qualify for services (food, financial, or basic needs)?

LiftUp serves Routt county residents with an income of 300% or less of the Federal Poverty Level. Review the LiftUp Guidelines column below as a first step in determining if you can apply for assistance.

What if I don’t qualify? Can I still get assistance?

Anyone can access the Grab-N-Go food section daily in the front of our Food Banks without registering with LiftUp or showing an ID. If you are in need of basic items such as a warm coat, a pair of shoes, etc. you can come to the Food Banks to receive a one-time voucher for the Thrift Store to items needed.

How often can I shop for food?

Food Bank clients can shop once per month for general groceries, and twice per month for fresh produce. Anyone can access the Grab-N-Go section in the front of the Food Banks during open hours.

What if I can’t come shop in person? Can someone else pick up food for me?

You can assign a designated person (proxy) to shop for you at the Food Banks. Below please find the application and information required to become a Food Bank proxy.­­

Food Bank/Financial Assistance Application & Forms

Client Packet – English LiftUp EEO Policy English Proxy Form English
Client Packet – Spanish LiftUp EEO Policy Spanish Proxy Form Spanish

2024 Federal Poverty Level (FPL)

(Guidelines Monthly Income Maximum)

Household Size Actual FPL CSFP Senior Box 130% TEFAP Commodities 200% LiftUp Guidelines 300%
1 $1,255.00 $1,632 $2,510.00 $3,765.00
2 $1,703.33 $2,215 $3,406.67 $5,110.00
3 $2,151.67 $2,798 $4,303.33 $6,455.00
4 $2,600.00 $3,380 $5,200.00 $7,800.00
5 $3,048.33 $3,963 $6,096.67 $9,145.00
6 $3,496.67 $4,546 $6,993.33 $10,490.00
7 $3,945.00 $5,129 $7,890.00 $11,835.00
8 $4,393.33 $5,712 $8,786.67 $13,180.00

Housing & Utility Assistance

Housing Assistance – Helping Routt County residents stay in their homes during times of financial distress. This is short-term, one-time help based on financial needs.

Utility Assistance – Liftup works with Energy Outreach Colorado to help Routt County residents struggling to pay for water and energy bills during times of financial distress. This assistance is limited to short-term, one-time help based on financial needs. Residents need to apply to LEAP (Low-income Energy Assistance Program) to receive EOC (Energy Outreach Colorado) funds.

    1. Submit an application online through PEAK
    2. Call 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435) to apply over the phone
    3. Download application to mail/email – Call 1-866-HEAT-HELP for your specific county contact information
    4. English LEAP Packet 2022
    5. Spanish LEAP Packet 2022

Self-sufficiency Assistance

Self-sufficiency – During times of longer-term distress, we work with families to create a plan to get back on their feet. These are unique cases in which we forge a partnership to get you back on a path to stability.

Healthcare – Intended to help clients attain an acceptable or improved level of medical/dental health, and to keep health problems from turning into emergency situations. Can include medical fuel and transport.

Transient Displacement – For neighbors passing through, one-time assistance to help you reach a destination where you can be safe and seek support may be available.

Food & Clothing Assistance

Our Food Bank locations offer supplemental food for qualifying individuals and families with the goal of moving towards self-sufficiency, this assistance has qualifications and time limits.

Everyone should have a shirt on their back. If you don’t, we can help you get temporary relief by providing a Thrift Store voucher for clothes.

Need additional resources for assistance? Look here: Routt County | The Health Partnership Serving Northwest Colorado

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