Welfare Application Instructions for Colorado



Application Instructions

To apply for Colorado Works, residents can print an application online and mail, fax, or hand-deliver it to the nearest DHS office. To find a local office, click here or call 303-866-5700.


Available Benefits

TANF benefits are figured based on individual state guidelines and dependent on factors such as family size, earned and unearned income, and housing expenses. The Colorado TANF program provides monetary benefits for a maximum of 60 months (5 years). The maximum monthly TANF benefit for a family of three in 2005 was $356 per month, or $4272 per year.


Am I Eligible?

In Colorado, TANF applicants must meet both the state and federal guidelines for the program. The federal government requires that individuals meet the monetary and non-monetary state guidelines, complete work-related activities, provide paternity information about the children in the household, and report as required by the state. The federal guidelines have been built into each state.s program, as this is required in order for states to receive the block grants that fund TANF. Therefore, it is really only necessary that applicants be aware of and meet the requirements as outlined by the state of Colorado. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. Colorado Works applicants must be U.S. citizens, have a dependent child(ren), and meet all income and resource guidelines. Additionally, an eligible applicant is required to cooperate with child support, participate in work-related activities, and comply with Individual Responsibility Contracts as agreed upon with caseworker. Accurate income and asset documentation will also be considered to determine eligibility. To asses eligibility online, click here.


General TANF information for Colorado

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a federally funded program that helps American families by providing benefits, both financial and otherwise, to help keep family units intact. TANF benefits, sometimes referred to as welfare benefits, are intended to supplement a family.s earned and unearned income and can be used to purchase clothing, food, medication, and pay for housing and utility costs, for example. On the federal level, the Office of Family Assistance, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, oversees and funds the TANF program. State governments are responsible for designing and implementing their own welfare programs, including the determining eligibility, providing benefits, and distributing cash allotments. This page outlines the state requirements for TANF benefits. To learn more about the Federal TANF program and its requirements, click here. The state of Colorado administers Federal TANF benefits through the Colorado Department of Human Services. To learn more about the Colorado Works program, click here.