Human services programs ensure that Colorado communities have the building blocks for a prosperous future. The Human Services Gap Map provides a window into how effectively Colorado is delivering the basic building blocks needed for lifelong health and well-being. The maps and graphs below present a county-by-county comparison of enrollment, allocations and costs for the following programs:
- Food Security: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Food Security: Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
- Early Learning: Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP)
- Financial Security: Colorado Works
- Health: Health First Colorado (Medicaid)
While these programs are funded and supervised by the state and federal government, Colorado counties are responsible for day-to-day administration.
Recognizing that each Colorado county is unique, the Human Services Gap Map is intended to spark a dialogue among human service directors, their staff, advocacy organizations and community leaders about the most effective strategies for closing gaps in enrollment vs. eligibility, allocation vs. spending, and improving the overall effectiveness and efficiency of our limited resources. Improving access to and administration of these programs will ensure Coloradans of all ages and zip codes can weather life’s storms and thrive, while also boosting our state’s economic health.