Like all states, Colorado receives funding from the Federal Government through formula grants that help the state offer a number of benefit programs to its neediest families. The help Coloradans can expect include assistance buying food, paying utility bills and providing health care for their children. In some cases, state residents can apply for and receive temporary cash assistance as well through several programs. If you are looking for help and live in the state of Colorado, here is where to turn to apply for the safety net of assistance available within your state.
Supplemental Food Support
Support is offered through several programs to help Coloradans stay fed. The Colorado Food Assistance Program provides what was once called food stamps to low-income individuals and families who could not otherwise afford a proper supply of food. Eligible applicants receive a Quest card they can use to buy groceries at area stores. Additional supplemental food supply is available to pregnant women and to those with children age 5 and under through the Women, Infants and Children program offered by the Department of Public Health and Environment. The Department of Education also feeds school aged children during the school year through a number of school nutrition programs. Low-income Colorado kids can receive breakfasts, lunches, snacks and milk on a daily basis while enrolled in school. Apply for any of these programs at your child’s school. And during the summer months, summer food sites provide these same children with free meals while school is in recess.
Help Paying for Utilities and Weatherization Grants
You can get help to pay your utility bills through the DHS Energy Assistance Program. Support is offered annually during the coldest winter months running from November 1 to April 30. Families can also apply for weatherization grants to have their homes upgraded to lower the yearly cost of heating and cooling. To apply for weatherization, call toll-free 1-800-462-0184.
Affordable Health Care
Colorado’s Medicaid Program offers health insurance to pregnant women, families with minor children, the blind, disabled and seniors 65 and older. Families with children not covered by Medicaid because they earn too much money to be eligible but who still cannot afford to provide coverage for their children through private insurance can make use of the expanded coverage offered under Child Health Plan Plus. Premiums depend on income but are described as low-cost. For more information, dial toll-free 1-800-359-1991.
Temporary Cash Assistance
Two programs inside Colorado actually offer cash payments to eligible applicants. In both cases, this support is temporary and is intended to be used while looking for work. Colorado Works is the state’s TANF program. Those who are pregnant or have dependent children who are considered to be underemployed or very low-income can apply for and receive temporary cash payments while undergoing job training. Unemployment Insurance also offers temporary cash assistance to state residents who have found themselves out of a job through no fault of their own while searching for new employment. You can file your claim online or by calling toll-free 1-800-388-5515.
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