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Breckenridge Town Council Partners with FIRC for COVID-19 Advocacy Program

At their March 24, 2020 meeting, Breckenridge Town Council dedicated $500,000 to the Family Intercultural Resource Center for financial relief for Breckenridge employees

Post Date:03/26/2020 1:22 PM

 

 

For Immediate Release:                                                                                                                             

March 26, 2020

Contact:      

Haley Littleton, Communications and Marketing Coordinator

970-547-3144, haleyl@townofbreckenridge.com

 

Breckenridge Town Council Partners with FIRC for COVID-19 Advocacy Program

At their March 24, 2020 meeting, Breckenridge Town Council dedicated $500,000 to the Family Intercultural Resource Center for financial relief for Breckenridge employees.

 

The Breckenridge Town Council has committed to a $500,000 grant to fund the COVID-19 Advocacy Program through the Family Intercultural and Resource Center to provide access to resources and financial relief, through rental assistance, to those who work in Breckenridge and have been furloughed. This is not dependent on residence but employment.

The COVID-19 Advocacy Program will offer rent relief for qualifying individuals and will help guide individuals through other accessing other resources and assistance. Individuals will call the FIRC office and participate in a needs assessment. This assessment will explore what steps individuals have taken with their landlords and evaluate their financial situation. After the assessment, FIRC will reach out to landlords and schedule a virtual appointment with the individual. This advocacy program will also provide individuals with assistance in applying for unemployment and state and federal programs.

The program will roll out on Monday, March 30, 2020, and individuals may contact the FIRC then at (970) 262-3888. FIRC is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  All appointments are virtual and people should not show up to the FIRC offices for walk-ins.

At their Thursday, March 26, 4 p.m. special meeting, the Breckenridge Town Council will be discussing plans for distributing $1 million in financial assistance to local businesses. The Town of Breckenridge convened a taskforce with representatives from lodging, retail, and restaurants to develop a method of supporting businesses during this period through a grants process. More information on the criteria and process will come in the following days.

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