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 counselling 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.


Applications are available in English and Espanol. Use the Program Eligibility and Application Kit to check eligibility and apply online. If you already receive financial assistance you may check the status of your benefits by creating an online account through PEAK.

To Apply

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, a letter from employer, etc.)
  • Proof of any non-work income (unemployment, child support payments, etc.)
  • Proof of any expenses (childcare, child support paid, etc.)
  • Proof of pregnancy, if applicable


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.

For more information, visit the Colorado WORKS website.