El Paso County Department of Human Services

El Paso County Department of Human Services

1675 W. Garden of the Gods, 3rd floor
Colorado Springs, CO - 80907


Submit your Colorado Works TANF application at the El Paso County Department of Human Services, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods, 3rd Floor, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM.

Application for any Colorado Works program begins with an assessment.  Assessments are conducted Monday – Friday from 8am-5pm.  The assessment is designed to determine a family’s needs, challenges, strengths and level of job readiness.  At the assessment family’s may choose one of the below Colorado Works programs.

The Colorado Works - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency. States receive grants to design and operate programs that accomplish one of the purposes of the TANF program.
The four purposes of the TANF program are to:
Provide assistance to needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes
Reduce the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work and marriage
Prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies
Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families

Colorado PEAK is a State online service for Coloradoans to screen themselves and apply for medical, food, and cash assistance programs.

Eligibility Criteria:
Must meet ColoradoWorks income, resource, and non-financial criteria.
Families must have a dependent child in the home.
Participation is based on the employability assessment and job readiness – as defined by the client.
Services Provided: The client is involved in job search designed to help the family find employment within 60 days. Services and payments are based on need and agreed upon during the development of an Individual Responsibility Contract. Services include, but are not limited to: job search assistance, career counseling, financial assistance and case management. They also receive child care assistance (CCCAP), Medicaid, and Food Stamps. Participants can access on-site partners and other community referrals.

Time Limits: Diversion II is a time-limited program lasting 60 days in most cases. Failure to gain employment within the 60 day period can result in a roll over to Colorado Works or if the family failed to follow the contract they can be denied Colorado Works for 90 days.

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