Applying for assistance is easy, and we’re here to help you through the process. In addition to food, cash, and medical assistance, we offer other types of support and resources. If you don’t find what you need here, visit Additional Assistance to learn about other services we offer to older adults, veterans, and people with physical, intellectual, or developmental disabilities.
Mail or Fax
Have an application sent to you by mail or fax. Call 720-944-4DHS (4347) for more information.
Call 720-944-4DHS (4347) to apply over the phone. Se habla español.
Rental assistance is available for qualifying Denver residents.
Below, we’ve provided information about how to apply for different types of assistance. If you have any questions as you go through the application process, just give us a call at 720-944-4DHS (4347). Our staff is available Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
If you apply for assistance online through Colorado PEAK, your eligibility for food, cash, and medical assistance will be determined at the same time. If an interview is required, you will be notified and will need to call 720-944-4DHS (4347) to schedule your appointment.
Depending on your needs, we can also work with you determine if you qualify for:
You will need to come to one of our offices to apply for those additional types of assistance. Call 720-944-4DHS (4347) to find out what types of documentation will be needed.
If you’re looking for help paying for child care, visit our Child Care page. There, you’ll find the application (available in English and Spanish) and eligibility information, as well as additional tools and resources to help you choose the best child care provider for your family.
Some programs require an interview before eligibility can be determined.
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We offer free, onsite child care during your application appointment.
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