CCLP fights to protect the public benefit programs that serve as a safety net and help low-income Coloradans achieve economic self-sufficiency.  CCLP works to ensure appropriate access to the programs for those who need them, and also serves as a watchdog to ensure that recipients are treated fairly. Among the programs critical to our constituents are:

Note: Each program listed is funded by the state or federal government and administered by counties. They are generally available only to Colorado residents who are U.S. citizens or have been lawfully present in the U.S. for at least 5 years, but specific requirements may vary between programs.

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    Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits is the federal program that took the place of the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) Program on July 1, 1997. The Colorado Works Program, Colorado’s version of TANF, is a work-focused public cash assistance program designed to help Coloradans on their journey to become independent of government assistance and ultimately self-sufficient. Colorado Works can provide individuals and families with temporary cash assistance, support services including work supports, and may allow participants to pursue educational or training opportunities while receiving the benefits. The program is also designed to give county departments of human services the ability and flexibility to work with families to meet their needs. The implementation of the Colorado Works Program varies from county to county, but all must follow federal and state laws and regulations, including adhering to the fixed, statewide eligibility standards and the basic monthly grant amount.

    View Fact Sheet View TANF Handbook
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    Aid to the Needy Disabled (AND)

    Aid to the Needy Disabled improves the lives of Coloradans living with a disability who have little or no income, little or no assets, and are physically unable to work. Colorado’s AND is only available to people ages 18-59 that have a disability that prevents them from working for at least six months. The value of all recipients’ assets must be less than $2,000. The program is designed to serve people who are awaiting approval to receive more generous Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) assistance from the federal government, for which recipients are required to apply. By providing a modest monthly cash grant to people with disabilities who are unable to work, AND serves as a critical safety net for the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

    View Fact Sheet
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    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

    SNAP (formerly known as the Food Stamp program) is a federal aid program that offers benefits to households with low or no income. Recipients are given Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, with which they are able to purchase food. Most recipients are required to secure employment or participate in the Employment First Program, which offers activities including adult basic education, GED preparation, literacy development, vocational training, and job search classes.

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    Old Age Pension (OAP)

    The Colorado Old Age Pension program is a critical safety net for low-income seniors. Individuals over age 60 are eligible if their monthly income is below $737 (as of 2013) and their countable resources total less than $2000 ($3000 for a couple). Some recipients may be required to apply for SSI/SSA. Those who receive the grant may also qualify for Medicaid or the Old Age Pension Heath Care Program, which is administered by the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.

    View CO Elder Economic Security Standard Index
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    Colorado Children Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

    The Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) provides child care services to those who qualify in order to support families’ efforts toward self-sufficiency. Families that participate in the Colorado Works Program and are working, in a training program, or are searching for employment are eligible. HB14-1317 mandates that families are eligible if their income is at or below 165% of the federal poverty line and up to 85% of state median income (exact threshold determined by counties). Benefits are distributed as funding allows.

    View Fact Sheet

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