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Applying for TANF/CW

Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF)/Colorado Works (CW) provides monthly cash assistance to eligible participants who have followed an application process.

Step 1: Get an application

Online: Click here to apply

In-person: You can pick up an application in person, Monday – Friday, 8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m., at our office at the Castro Building, 1200 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80204

If you live in zip codes 80205, 80206, 80207, 80216 and 80218, you can pick up an application at the East Satellite Office, 3815 Steele St., Denver, CO 80205.

If you live in the Montbello area (residence zip codes 80238, 80239, or 80249), you can pick up an application at our Montbello Satellite Office, 4685 Peoria St., Denver , CO 80239

Mail or Fax: We can send an application to you by mail or fax – please call us at 720-944-3666 to have one sent to you.
Step 2: Complete the application

Please fill out as much of the application as you can. At a minimum we will need to have your name, home street address, social security number, the benefits that you are applying for (see list on page 1 of the application), and signature on the application to begin the process (see page 8 of the application). If you need help or don't understand a question, a staff member at one of our offices can help you complete your application or you can call us at 720-944-3666.

Step 3: Return the application to one of our offices
You can return the application to any of the offices listed above. As long as you provide your name, home street address, social security number, and a signature, you can turn in the form to begin the process, but providing as much information as possible could help complete the process faster.
Step 4: Make an appointment for an interview

If you return the application in person, you can make an appointment for an interview. If you return your application by mail, our office will contact you to schedule an appointment – please be sure to provide your phone number on the application. Your appointment may be conducted in person or over the telephone.

Applicants will be scheduled for an intake appointment and must attend an orientation that will include an overview of the Colorado Works/TANF requirements and an assessment to determine your employment plan.
Step 5: The interview and decision

When you come to our office for an interview, please bring the following:

  • Your current driver’s license or other photo identification
  • Proof of income and other resources
  • Social Security numbers for all family members
  • Proof of Denver County residency
  • Original birth certificates for all family members
  • A note from your doctor stating the due date if you are pregnant

You will keep your original documents and we will make copies for our records.

You will be assigned a person who you can call if you have questions about your case or if you need to provide additional documentation.

Online Benefit Service

PEAK is an online service you can use to determine your eligibility, apply for medical, food, cash assistance, and child care programs, check on your benefits and report changes.

Onsite Child Care

If you would like to use our free, on-site childcare center during your application process, you may reserve a space by calling 720-944-2812.

Useful Phone Numbers

Child Abuse Hotline
Statewide: 1-844-CO-4-Kids (264-5437)
or in Denver: 720-944-3000
Adult Protection Hotline
DHS Customer Service


Colorado Relay/TDD

Child Support Services

Foster Care

GIVE Denver
720-944-GIVE (4483)

Denver City & County Information