The Colorado Works Program is a work-focused public assistance program that started on July 1,1997. Colorado Works can provide individuals and families with temporary assistance, support services including work supports, and education and training.The assistance and supports provided are designed to help Coloradans on their journey to become independent of government assistance and ultimately self-sufficient.
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 Colorado Works Program varies from county to county. Each county designs and runs the Colorado Works program and when doing so must follow all federal and state laws and rules.
Your county may refer to the benefits you receive as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits. This is because TANF is the federal program that took the place of the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) Program.
This handbook explains the major parts of the Colorado Works Program. It gives you information on how to access the cash and support services – including child care – that you need in order to deal with the issues that make it hard for you to become independent and self-sufficient. Knowing your rights and responsibilities under Colorado Works will help you make sure your needs are met so you are able to support your family.View TANF Handbook