Assistance and Opportunities

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program, is a Federal program with the mission of eliminating poverty. The Department of Human Services contracts with local agencies in the El Paso County community to provide assistance and opportunities to citizens in El Paso County. CSBG funds may be available to provide qualifying persons with a one-time emergency or self-sufficiency assistance.

The audits and other financial reports are posted online. A snapshot of 2019 data is also online.

The CSBG CARES Funds Spending Plan draft was discussed at the June 12, 2020, meeting.

The Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) and the El Paso County Department of Human Services (DHS) does not provide cash grants to individuals or charge a fee for receiving grant funds within the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. If you have been contacted by someone claiming to be a representative of a grant program managed by DOLA or DHS requesting personal information and offering grant funds, it may be a phishing or fraud attempt. For more information on fraudulent behavior you can visit the DOLA page on fraud,, and the Federal Health and Human Services CSBG page on fraud.

Eligibility and CSBG Community Agencies

To qualify for CSBG assistance, the person requesting assistance must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a household income at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level

All persons requesting assistance will need to provide evidence of income, to enable the agency to verify the Federal Poverty Level. Persons claiming to have zero income will be required to complete a zero-income affidavit.

Photo identification is required and can be in the form of one of the following:

  • Colorado driver’s license or ID card
  • U.S. military card
  • U.S. military dependent’s ID card
  • U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner card
  • Native American tribal document
  • Other form of Government issued photo identification

Careers in Construction Colorado (CICC) provides an educational training program in partnership with El Paso County school districts. They serve seven high schools within the El Paso County Enterprise Zone. Youth who complete the program receive job coaching and earn recognized certifications that could aid with trade/field employment.

Students should contact their school counselor to express their interest in this program.

ADDRESS: 4585 Hilton Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80907

PHONE: (719) 592-1800

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) provides supervised exchange and parenting time services to children and their families where there is high level of conflict amongst parents, protection orders, domestic violence, child maltreatment, mental health concerns, substance abuse, or other factors preventing contact until issues are court resolved or other arrangements are made.

ADDRESS: 418 S. Weber St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

PHONE: (719) 447-9898

Catholic Charities – The Marian House provides a community food pantry, employment services, housing assistance, and documentation identification services. The Marian House is located in downtown Colorado Springs.

ADDRESS: Marian House – 14 West Bijou Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

PHONE: (719) 475-7314

Community Partnership for Child Development (CPCD) provides a two-generational approach to job certification and training for caregivers of children enrolled in Head Start programs. Certificates offered under this program are child development associate, information technology, and manufacturing welding.

ADDRESS: 2330 Robinson St., Colorado Springs, CO 80904

PHONE: (719) 635-1536

Homeward Pikes Peak (HPP) assists citizens with substance abuse recovery and the transition from homelessness and unemployment into self-sufficiency for individuals who have recently transitioned from incarceration.

ADDRESS: 2010 E. Bijou St., Colorado Springs, CO 80909

PHONE: (719) 473-5557

Tri-Lakes Cares (TLC) is located in Monument and serves citizens residing in the Tri-Lakes area. TLC provides various services, to include food and sundries, housing funds assistance, transportation, and medical services.

ADDRESS: 235 North Jefferson St., Monument, CO 80132

PHONE: (719) 481-4864

Mercy’s Gate has been serving El Paso County since 1982 by providing life-affirming Direct Services Support, ongoing resources and education, and a growing network of community referrals and partnerships to individuals and families facing crisis.

ADDRESS: 4360 Montebello Drive, #300, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

PHONE: (719) 277-7470