Colorado Works TANF

Colorado Works is your partner to learn, grow and succeed! Colorado Works, also known as Colorado’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program, provides financial assistance, job preparation and work opportunities to needy families with children on a temporary basis, to achieve economic and family stability. The amount of financial aid provided is based on family size and income.

In addition to monthly financial assistance, you will benefit from the full range of employment, educational and health/wellness services for you and your children. On top of that, you will work closely with a Career and Family Coordinator to establish goals and make progress on them for your family. We'll help you get started and be there to support you when challenges come your way. This is a partnership environment, designed to help you on your journey to stability and success. There is a lifetime limit on benefits and monthly progress goals must be achieved to keep receiving financial assistance.

Next Steps/Resources

At orientation, you will be introduced to many resources that are part of the Colorado Works program. These resources are designed to help you achieve the goals you have set for yourself and your family and are available to you as part of your required, monthly participation in the program. Below is a list of some of the resources that other Colorado Works participants have found the most helpful, but there are many, many more!

  1. Job Skills Workshops
  2. Tuition Assistance
  3. Internships

Job Skills Workshops

Through Jefferson County Human Services, the Business & Workforce Center, a proud partner of the American Job Center Network, provides quality training, tools and resources to assist individuals in their pathway to employment and personal growth. Whether you are currently unemployed, under-employed or simply looking to change jobs, attending these workshops will help you to become fully prepared to secure and advance your career. Training is free but space is limited. 

Other Types of Support Available

There are many types of support available to you while you participate in the Colorado Works (TANF) program. We want to help you learn, grow and succeed. Options include Medical and Mental Health, Supportive Services and Child Care Assistance. 

  1. Medical and Mental Health
  2. Supportive Services
  3. Child Care Assistance

Medical & Mental Health Support

Sometimes, medical or mental health concerns that you or your family may have can have a big impact on your ability to find and keep a job. We have a unique, in-house system designed to support the well-being of your family while helping you continue to achieve your goals. Individual and family therapists from Jefferson Center for Mental Health are on-site to provide counseling. When you are ready to return to work, employment specialists will support your job search and help connect you to employers. If, unfortunately, you find that you can no longer work, a Disability Benefits Advisor can assist you in filing a new claim for Social Security.

  1. Get Started
  2. Important Forms
  3. One-Time Emergency Funds

Get Started

First, apply for TANF Assistance by completing a PEAK Application for Assistance.

Once the application is received, an appointment is scheduled for an interview with an Eligibility Specialist to determine eligibility. The interview will be completed by phone. At that time, you will be referred to Child Support Services and the Colorado Works orientation, which are required steps to receive the cash benefits. You will need to attend an orientation within 14 days, where you learn about all the great resources available to you and your family. This is where we will start talking about your hopes, dreams and goals as well as services and expectations. Orientations are held each Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the Laramie Building (3500 Illinois St., Golden, CO).

For more information, visit the State of Colorado's Colorado Works website.