Colorado Works (TANF)

Colorado Works is Colorado’s TANF program that serves low-income families with children by providing income assistance and supportive services to help eligible families secure employment and attain self-sufficiency.

Assistance and services provided may include child care, cash payments, transportation, counseling, job training and other services. Benefits may be provided for single and two parent families, pregnant women, and relatives caring for minor children.

As a condition of eligibility, Colorado Works requires all applicants to seek employment and be involved in a work activity from the day they apply for benefits.


How do I get cash assistance in Colorado? #


Colorado Works operates in all 64 counties, and is delivered locally through each county’s Department of Human or Social Services.

To apply for Colorado Works, submit your application to the local DHSS county office or apply online through Colorado PEAK for expedited processing.

What is Colorado PEAK? #


Colorado Program Eligibility and Application Kit (PEAK) is an online service for Coloradoans to screen and apply for medical, food, and cash assistance programs, including Colorado Works. PEAK is available in both English and Spanish.

As long as you have internet access on a smartphone, tablet, or computer, you can connect to PEAK 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

For additional information about Colorado Works, please call
Colorado Department of Human Services
(970) 241-8480