Financial, Food, Childcare and Health Coverage Services
Human Services offers numerous adult programs including those listed below.
Aid to Needy Disabled (AND)
The AND Program provides a small cash assistance benefit to low-income Colorado residents ages 18-59 who have at least a six-month total disability that precludes them from working and who are not receiving Social Security Insurance benefits. Monthly cash benefits are provided until such time as a person is eligible for disability. Persons who are U.S. citizens or legal residents may be eligible.
Applications are available in English and Spanish.
Aid to the Blind (AB)
Monthly cash benefits are provided for adults who are legally blind and who do not receive Social Security Insurance benefits until such time as a person is eligible for disability through the Social Security Administration. U.S. citizens and legal residents may be eligible.
Applications are available in English and Spanish.
For information regarding Supplemental Security Income or applying for Social Security Disability, please visit the Social Security Administration website.
TANF / Colorado Works
Colorado Works – Colorado's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program – provides cash assistance to families in need. It is designed to help families become self-sufficient by strengthening their economic and social stability. Through this program, individuals who are pregnant or have dependent children, and who meet other eligibility requirements, can receive monthly basic cash assistance (BCA) payments, help with emergency household expenses and services, such as counseling, and training.
Applications are available in English and Spanish. 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 .
For more information, visit the Colorado WORKS website.
This program provides a one time work related financial need, limited to adult family member with dependent children.
Food Assistance (SNAP)
Supplemental food assistance for low income families.
To find out if you meet the income requirements, please contact one of our office locations or visit the Program Eligibility and Application Kit (PEAK) online.
How to apply:
Applications are available in English and Spanish. Use the Program Eligibility and Application Kit to check eligibility and apply online. If you already receive food assistance you may check the status of your benefits by creating an online account through PEAK.
For more information, visit the Colorado Department of Human Services’ Food & Nutrition web page.
Low Income Energy Assistance (LEAP)
Provides financial assistance to help low income households with winter home heating costs.
Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) is a program for families and individuals with limited incomes who need help paying their heating bills. The program is open from Nov. 1 through April 30 and provides help with heating costs to eligible families. Payments are made directly to the vendor providing the heat source.
The Archuleta County Low-income Energy Assistance Program is now administered by Discover Goodwill of Southern Western Colorado.
See the Colorado Energy Assistance website for LEAP program information and the most up-to-date guidelines.
Applications are available in English and Spanish on the Colorado Department of Human Services website or by calling 1-888-775-LEAP (1-888-775-5327) any time between November 1 and April 30.
o Return your completed application in the addressed and stamped envelope provided; or
o Fax your application to 719-633-9098
o Mail to: LEAP
o P.O. Box 39200
o Colorado Springs, CO 80949
o Email to: LEAPHELP@discovermygoodwill.org
Health First Colorado, Colorado's Medicaid Program
This is a medical assistance program for eligible low-income residents, including children up to age 19, families, and pregnant women. NEMT (Non-Emergency Medical Transport) or Medicaid Transportation is available for eligible recipients. The NEMT form is available by selecting the link below:
Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+)
This is a low-cost health insurance program for uninsured Colorado children ages 18 and under whose family earnings do not qualify them for Medicaid but they cannot afford private insurance.
Old Age Pension (OAP)
Provides assistance and health care benefits for eligible low-income adults aged 60 or older.
Applications are available in English and Spanish. For more information, visit the Colorado Department of Human Services website.
Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP)
The Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) provides day care financial assistance to families who qualify.
Child care resource and referral services for SW Colorado may be obtained by contacting The Early Childhood Council of La Plata County. Please go to the following website to get further information www.ecclaplata.org or call 970-247-0760.
PEAK is an online service for Coloradans to screen and apply for medical, food, cash, and child care assistance program. To try applying online click the link below: