Working to meet the basic needs of every Coloradan.

Through no fault of their own, people sometimes end up in situations where they are unable to work or find employment. Those who qualify for public assistance likely find that it is not enough to put food on the table or pay rent.

Unfortunately, many jobs in today’s economy do not pay enough to cover the costs of basic needs without additional support, training or education.

Our Approach

We advocate for policies that protect people’s access to basic needs when they can’t work. In partnership with our Skills2Compete–Colorado Coalition, we also support efforts to get Coloradans back into the workforce and improve their skills to get better-paying jobs. Our policies help Coloradans working in low wage jobs receive better wages, and support employment through child-care assistance and refundable tax credits.

Our Progress

  • We joined with advocates for people with disabilities to develop legislation that would let Coloradans with significant disabilities more quickly qualify for Aid to the Needy Disabled and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) programs.
  • We led legislation that appropriated $750,000 to establish a three-year pilot program to provide small-dollar emergency funds to Coloradans trying to get into the workforce or improve their skills to get a better-paying job.
  • In 2019, we developed and supported the passage of House Bill 1189, which reforms the state’s wage-garnishment laws by requiring clearer and more-timely notice of garnishment. The new law also will reduce the amount subject to garnishment to help people meet household needs while paying their debts.
  • In 2018, with our partners, we built support for the State Human Service Board to approve a 10 percent increase in basic cash assistance for participants in Colorado’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program – the first such increase in 10 years.
  • Parents who receive TANF did not receive the child-support payments made by a non-custodial parent until CCLP pushed to change this law in 2015. Now, instead of the government keeping those payments, the children of TANF recipients can benefit directly from their parents’ hard work.

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