Cash / Food / Medical Assistance Programs
PEAK Security Updates
Learn more about how PEAK Security Updates May Impact Users (DOCX).
An assistance program that helps with the cost of food for low income families who fall within the income guidelines. For qualifying income guidelines and eligibility requirements, visit the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) website, or to learn more about the SNAP program, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture website.
Colorado Works/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
This program provides a variety of services for families who are unemployed and seeking employment, or employed but fall under 185% of the poverty level. Some of the services available through this program are some monetary assistance, Medicaid, job training and education and job seeking assistance.
Colorado Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
Provides assistance for low-income families with the rising costs of heating bills. The program runs from November 1st to April 30th each year. Applications are only accepted during this time period.
- Must be a permanent legal resident of the U.S. and Elbert County, Colorado
- You pay home heating costs to a provider or as part of your rent
- You must meet income guidelines
To learn more about the program or how to apply, call Discover Goodwill at 866-432-8435.
Adult Financial Programs
Learn more about the financial assistance programs for adults on the Adult Financial Programs page of the CDHS website.
Old Age Pension (OAP) & Aid to the Needy & Disabled (AND)
The Old Age Pension (OAP) program provides cash benefits to individuals aged 60 years and older in three categories of assistance - OAP-A, the largest of the three categories, serves persons aged 65 or older; OAP-B serves persons between the ages of 60 and 64.
The Aid to the Needy and Disabled (AND)-Colorado supplement provides cash benefits to disabled individuals between the ages of 18 and 59, who also receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). AND-Colorado only provides a cash benefit to individuals between 18 and 59 for a temporary period when they are disabled less than 12 months or awaiting receipt of SSI.
To learn more about the programs or how to apply, call 303-621-3206.
Health First Colorado
Colorado Medicaid is public health insurance for Coloradans who qualify. In 2012, new programs were added to Medicaid including the Medicaid Buy-In Programs for People with Disabilities.
For more information, you may also visit the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing website.
How Do I Apply?
You may apply for all medical, food and cash benefits through the Colorado Peak website.