Temporary Assistance to Needy Families

Employment - Families

Colorado Works

TANF is the name of the federal public welfare program. In Colorado, TANF is also called Colorado Works. TANF provides temporary cash assistance, and other assistance options to families with children under age 18 who meet the requirements of the program. TANF is not an entitlement program and is subject to availability of funds. Participants are subject to a 24-month time limit to be engaged in a work activity as well as a 60-month lifetime limit, and are required to enter into an Individual Responsibility Contract with the County that specifies the terms and conditions under which they may receive assistance. Grandparents or other relatives may receive TANF cash assistance for children under their care through a program called Child Only TANF. Income and resource guidelines must be met.