You can apply for or manage your assistance benefits case online at Colorado PEAK; an office visit is usually not needed. Starting an account online is the fastest way to apply for assistance programs. PEAK Virtual Assistance is available 24/7 for any PEAK user. To access the Chatbot, on the PEAK homepage, click “Online Assistance” at the top of the page.
Here are ways to keep your information safe on the internet:
- CO.gov/PEAK is a secure site. The URL will start with “https” or show a lock symbol
- The official website has the Colorado PEAK logo, State of Colorado logo or program logos (like Health First Colorado) on its websites and apps
- You NEVER have to pay to apply, update your account or ask questions about benefits
- You should only share their personal information with county office workers, PEAK community partners and through the official PEAK website
The free MyCoBenefits app is available through the Apple and Android app stores. PEAKHealth is a free app for current Medicaid and CHP+ members who have a Colorado.gov/PEAK account.
All three WIC clinics (Public Health) are providing services for clients via phone including new intake appointments. Please call 719-578-3199, Option 6.
Resources for Food
Care and Share is not distributing to individuals but is distributing food and food boxes to partner agencies. Click on FIND FOOD on the Care and Share website to find a pantry near you. Please call to confirm before visiting a site.
Child Tax Credit (CTC)
The state of Colorado announced a statewide campaign to get eligible families the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and stimulus payments. Now through October 15, families can use a simple, easy-to-use mobile application on their phones that is available in English and Spanish. Submitting information via this portal will allow families to directly file a 2020 simplified tax return with the IRS so they can claim all eligible advance CTC and stimulus payments. After October 15, the IRS will only accept paper applications until next year.
Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)
El Paso County residents can apply for rental assistance through the state-run Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). El Paso County partnered with the Colorado Division of Housing (DOH) to administer the program that provides assistance with rent and rental arrears to eligible tenants and landlords who have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
El Paso County tenants and landlords can learn more about the program and apply by visiting the DOH website at https://cdola.colorado.gov/rental-mortgage-assistance. Applicants will have to register through the online portal to apply. Application and required documentation must be submitted online. DOH staff will review all applications and make direct payments on applicants’ behalf. A news release about the program with a brief overview of eligibility is posted online.
Emergency Broadband Benefit
The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. More information is available online at https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.