Apply For Colorado TANF
This page provides the Colorado TANF eligibility requirements. Applicants must meet both state and federal guidelines for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Individuals who apply for TANF must 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.
Colorado residents who qualify for welfare are required to furnish information such as citizenship, income, resources, and age. Only household members who are eligible can receive Colorado welfare benefits. Read on for more information about applying for TANF. If you have additional questions or issues about this program, then contact TANF Colorado.
Colorado Works/Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF)
Colorado Works/Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) is a federal program that provides cash assistance to needy families with dependent children. An application for Colorado Works will also be considered for food assistance, Medicaid, and child support services. Child care assistance and other supportive services are available for job seekers.
Applying For Benefits
There are many ways to apply for benefits. Select the option that is best for you.
- Colorado PEAK is a State online service for Coloradoans to screen themselves and apply for medical, food, and cash assistance programs. Visit Colorado PEAK to see if you are eligible and to apply
- Use the Colorado Financial, Medical, and Food Assistance Application Solicitud
- Print the application and fax, mail it to our office
- Apply in person at one of our offices
- Call 303-441-1000 to request a special telephone interview or home visit if you are unable to go to our office
What to Bring When Applying
- Completed Application Forms
- Proof of Monthly Income
- Immunization Records for Children
- Social Security Numbers for all Household Members
- Proof of all Household Resources
- Proof of Pregnancy (where applicable)
- Proof of Residence
- A Valid Colorado ID or Drivers License
- Proof of Relationship to the Children (Birth Certificates)
- Proof of Lawful Presence in the U.S. and a signed affidavit for applicants 18 years or older
- Boulder County Residency
Requirement for Work-Related Activity
The program requires applicants to seek employment and be involved in a work activity from the day of the application. The required number of work hours per week will be determined by the age of the children and if the household is a two-parent household. Work activities may include, but are not limited to:
- Approved education programs or job skills training
- Volunteer work or community service
- Job readiness and job search
- Full and part-time employment
For minors, high school or GED program attendance and to live with parents or another approved adult.
Some families who qualify for Colorado Works but only need short term assistance may be able to access financial assistance through the diversion program without being involved in a work activity. This will be assessed during the Colorado Works Interview.
Can I receive Colorado Works if I am a full-time college student?
In some cases. All Colorado Works clients must participate in job readiness activities with the Work Force Center. Some schooling will be allowed as a countable activity, but not there is no guarantee. If you are a student, the staff at Work Force Center can discuss this with you in greater detail.
Can I receive Colorado Works for a relative or a child I am responsible for but not related to?
In some cases you may be able to receive Colorado Works for children, other than your own biological children. You must provide verification of your relationship to the child and be able to prove you are responsible for that child.
Colorado Employment Search
Part of the requirement, while on the TANF program, is finding a job to help sustain your financial needs. Colorado provides an online job site for you to search for employment. You can view the job site by clicking here.
Apply Online For Colorado TANF
If you have questions about applying for TANF benefits, or you want to see if you can apply for TANF Georgia online, then visit the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families website here.