Montrose County Colorado Works - Montrose970-249-7755
1845 S. Townsend Ave
Montrose, CO - 81401
Applications are available at both the Montrose office, 1845 S. Townsend Ave., Montrose, CO 81401, and the Nucla office, 851 M. St., Nucla, CO 81424, or www.colorado.gov/peak.
Colorado Works is Colorado's TANF program and provides public assistance to families in need. Colorado Works Program is designed to assist participants in becoming self-sufficient by strengthening the economic and social stability of families. Counties are authorized by the State of Colorado to create local policies for local administration of TANF/Colorado Works (TCW).
Participants must sign Individual Responsibility Contracts (IRC's) to receive/retain Basic Cash Assistance (BCA) benefits, and must remain in compliance with their IRC to retain BCA or receive additional financial work activity supportive services.
Case Managers provide welfare diversion and prevention services to current and former participants and inquiring non-recipients on issues of family stability, job retention, and career advancement and income growth. This includes work on resumes, cover letters, completing applications, calling with job lead discoveries, and school or financial aid applications, helping locate community resources, as well as post-crisis self-sufficiency planning.
Because TANF assistance to participants is time-limited to 60 monthly payments in a person's lifetime, county staff try to engage participants in employment readiness and/or career exploration/building activities quickly. Montrose County policy mandates "discharge" planning with participants that reach 48 months of TANF receipt.
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.
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.