Assistance for Families

The Department of Human Services provides family stabilization assistance and other supportive services to enable eligible low-income families to find and retain employment and to provide for their children. Assistance and services provided may include food, childcare, housing and transportation, cash assistance, medical assistance, and help with home heating costs.

Food Assistance
  • Check your eligibility/benefits with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Toolkit.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a program to assist with the cost of food. Anyone may apply.
  • If you are eligible, you must receive your benefits within certain time frames.
  • If you need food right away and you meet certain guidelines, you may be eligible to expedited Food Assistance."Food

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Individuals and/or families can get Food Assistance if they meet certain income requirements.
    • Examples of income are money you get from employment, child support, unemployment or Social Security.
  • The person or family also cannot have more than $2,000 in resources. If the household has elderly and/or disabled members, then they cannot have more than $3,000 in resources.
    • Examples of resources are money in your bank accounts, your retirement plans or investments. Income and resources from your husband/wife (legally married or common law) and children count.
  • Households with resources that do not exceed $100 and who have less than $150 in gross monthly income in the month of application may be able to get their application processed faster.
Financial Assistance
  • Colorado Works/Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) is a cash assistance program designed to assist eligible families with very low incomes to attain economic security by promoting job preparation, work, and family stabilization.
  • Applicants who are either pregnant or have at least one child, and who meet other eligibility requirements, can receive monthly cash assistance payments, help with emergency household expenses, and/or services such as counseling, training, and employment assistance
Medical Assistance
  • Connect for Health Colorado is Colorado‚Äôs Health Insurance Marketplace to apply for financial assistance to help reduce your costs and get access to free, in-person help available statewide.
  • Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) is program is for low-income families, which include eligible adults and children ages 0 - 18.
    • Eligibility is based on citizenship, legal residence, and household income.
    • Provides medical benefits including inpatient and outpatient hospital, physician services, child checks-up, immunizations, vision care, including prescription glasses, prescription drugs, dental and mental health care.
    • For adults over age 21 dental and vision benefits may be limited and may incur co-pay for services
  • Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) is public low-cost health insurance for certain children and pregnant women. It is for people who earn too much to qualify for Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program), but not enough to pay for private health insurance.
Getting Started
  • You may file an application one of three ways:
    • Pick-up an application at the Alamosa Department of Human Services.
    • Complete an application online.
    • or have an application mailed to you by calling (719) 589-2581.
  • Benefits will be paid from the filing date. The filing date is the date your application is received.
  • You must have an interview, the interview may be over the phone.