Colorado Works / Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Colorado Works, Colorado's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, provides public assistance to families in need. Under Colorado Works, applicants who are either pregnant or have at least one child, and who meet other eligibility requirements, can receive monthly basic cash assistance payments, help with emergency household expenses, and/or services such as counseling and job training. All aspects of the Colorado Works Program are designed to assist customers in becoming self-sufficient and terminating their dependence on government benefits.

To be eligible for Colorado Works, the applicant must meet federal, state, and county resource and income standards. Households must also have at least one dependent child under the age of 18, and have primary (more than 50%) custody of that child. If you have a child with an absent parent you will be required to apply for child support.

Check if you may be eligible by using the free, quick, and easy Program Eligibility Application Kit (PEAK) tool.

How to Apply
Pick up an application from our office, call to have one mailed to you, or print an application online. Bring the completed application for assistance and all required documents into our office. Applications cannot be processed without all required documents, which include:
  • Proof of identity (driver’s license, ID card, resident card, U.S. passport, etc.)
  • Social Security numbers for all household members
  • Proof of any income (pay stubs, letter from employer, etc.)
  • Proof of any non-work income (unemployment, child support payments, etc.)
  • Proof of any expenses (child care, child support paid, etc.)
  • Proof of pregnancy, if applicable

Spanish applications are available.    

Application Process Period
Colorado Works applications will be processed within 45 days from the date our office receives your completed application and all required documents.

More Information
Visit the Colorado Works website for more information.