Financial Assistance

Colorado's financial assistance programs include Colorado Works, Aid to the Needy and Disabled (AND) and the Old Age Pension (OAP) program.

Colorado Works


Colorado Works is Colorado's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. It provides public assistance to families who qualify.

Under Colorado Works, applicants who are either pregnant or have at least one dependent child under the age of 18, and who meet other eligibility requirements, can receive monthly 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 families in becoming self-sufficient and terminating their dependence on government benefits.

Eligibility


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.

Only families with children who are U.S. citizens and legal resident aliens are eligible for Colorado Works.

If you have a child with an absent parent, you will be required to apply for and cooperate with Child Support Services.

You can check to see if you may be eligible by using the free, quick and easy Program Eligibility Application Kit (PEAK) tool.

Applying for Colorado Works


English and Spanish applications for Colorado Works are available at COLORADO.GOV. You can also apply online at PEAK.

Call to schedule an appointment in Summit County at 970-668-9160.

Bring the completed application and all required documents to our office so that a face-to-face interview can be scheduled for you so that your eligibility can be determined.

Applications cannot be processed without all required documents, which include:
  • Proof of Identity (driver’s license, ID card, resident card, US Passport)
  • Social Security numbers for all household members
  • Proof of any income (pay stubs, letter from employer)
  • 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
How Long Before I Receive Benefits?
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: COLORADO.GOV


Aid to the Needy Disabled (AND)

The Aid to the Needy Disabled (AND) program provides cash assistance to low-income Colorado residents, age 18 to 59, who have a six-month or longer total disability that prohibits them from working. The goal of the program is to provide interim financial assistance while awaiting the approval of Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The AND program provides financial benefits. Any other income such as wages, Social Security benefits (SSA), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Veteran's Assistance, etc. may reduce the amount of the AND payment.

Eligibility
Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 59 years old to qualify for the AND program. The AND applicant/recipient must meet the income and resource guidelines for this program. Additionally, you will need to provide a doctor's form verifying that your disability will last at least 6-months and a statement that your disability precludes you from working any job.

Applying for AND
English and Spanish applications are available at Summit County Division of Health and Human Services. You can also apply online at PEAK.

Bring the completed application and all required documents to our office so that your application can be processed and your eligibility determined.

Applications cannot be processed without all required documents, which include:
  • Proof of Identity (driver’s license, ID card, resident card, US Passport)
  • Social Security number for each individual applying
  • Proof of disability (verification from your doctor)
  • Applicants need to also apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

How Long Before I Receive Benefits?


AND applications will be processed within 60 days from the date our office receives your completed application and all required documents.
For more information, visit: COLORADO.GOV

For more information on applying for Social Security Disability benefits, visit: SSA.GOV

Old Age Pension (OAP)


The Old Age Pension program provides financial and medical assistance to individuals who are 60 years of age or older and meet state mandated income and resource guidelines. The OAP program provides financial benefits. Any other income such as wages, Social Security benefits (SSA), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Veteran's Assistance, etc. may reduce the amount of the OAP payment.

Eligibility
A spouse’s income is countable in determining eligibility. The applicant/recipient must meet the resource guidelines for the program.

Applying for OAP
English and Spanish Applications are available at Summit County Division of Health and Human Services. You can also apply online at: PEAK

Bring the completed application and all required documents to our office so that your application can be processed and your eligibility determined.

Applications cannot be processed without all required documents, which include:
  • Proof of age (driver’s license, US passport, birth certificate, state ID card, etc.)
  • Proof of US Citizenship (birth certificate, US passport, social security card, etc.)
  • Proof of Colorado residency (driver’s license, lease, utility bill, voter registration, etc.)
  • Proof of income (pay stubs, verification of social security or SSI, etc.)
  • Proof of any resources (bank statements, statements for investment accounts/stocks/bonds, vehicle registration (for vehicles, boats, motor homes), life insurance policies, etc.)
How Long Before I Receive Benefits?
OAP applications will be processed within 45 days from the date our office receives your completed application and all required documents.

For more information, visit COLORADO.GOV.