Department of Human Services

Steve Clifton, Director

172 Justice Center Road
Cañon City, CO 81212

(719) 275-2318
Fax: (719) 275-5206

Hours: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday-Friday

The Fremont County Department of Human Services administers all assistance payments and related income support program policies in accordance with the rules and regulations contained in the Colorado State Staff Manuals, Vol. III, IV-B and VIII.

While operating policies and procedures are contained in appropriate staff manuals pertaining to all assistance payments programs, the following policies will also apply in Fremont County:

Clients will be afforded the earliest possible opportunity to apply for assistance.

While interviewing is normally conducted at the individual desks of eligibility technicians, private interview space will be made available at the client's request.

For further information regarding Department of Human Services programs, visit the Colorado State Website.

Applicants may complete an application, which are available at DHS, or they can apply on PEAK.

EBT - Electronic Benefits Transfer
A Debit Card Benefit Delivery System to replace Public Assistance Checks and Food Stamp Coupons.

Food Assistance Program
Formerly known as Food Stamps. To assist families in the purchase of food to supplement the family's food resource.

TANF - Temporary Assistance to Needy Families
Formerly known as AFDC. TANF is a financial assistance program that helps families with dependent children. Resource/Asset limit is $2,000 per household. Household income limits are based on household size and composition. You can only receive TANF for 60 months during your lifetime. There are work requirements and you must cooperate in seeking child support and having your children immunized.

SSI/CS - Supplemental Security Income/Colorado Supplement
Financial Supplement for eligible person receiving SSI, but not receiving the maximum benefit of SSI.

LEAP - Emergency Low Income Energy Assistance Program
Low-income Energy Assistance Program assists needy households during the winter months with high heating costs.

OAP - Old Age Pension
The Old Age Pension Program provides financial assistance to an eligible, needy person who is at least 60 years of age. The grant is minus any income received by the client and/or spouse. Resource/asset limit is $2,000 for the recipient and $3,000 for a married couple.

AND - Aid to the Needy Disabled
Aid to the Needy Disabled provides financial assistance to an eligible, needy person who is disabled. To apply, a person must be over 18 years and under 60 years of age. Grant is minus any income received by the client or spouse. There is no medical assistance available with this grant. Resource/asset limit is $2,000. Applicant must be totally disabled for six months or more.

AB - Aid to the Blind
Aid to the Blind provides financial assistance to an eligible, needy person who is blind. To apply, a person must be over 18 years and under 60 years of age. Grant is minus any income received by the client or spouse. Resource/asset limit is $2,000.

Medical Assistance
Numerous Medicaid programs are available for qualifying persons or families, including non-citizens.

Refugee Cash/Medical Assistance Program
The Refugee Cash/Medical Assistance Program is intended to provide necessary financial, medical and social services to eligible, needy refugees who have entered the United States. Refugees are eligible for an eight month period beginning with the date they entered the United States.

Refugee Medical Assistance
A refugee has the opportunity to apply for medical assistance only. They must meet financial eligibility requirements of the Refugee Cash/Medical Assistance Program.