Assistance and Opportunities

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program is a federal program that provides funds to support services that alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty. The Department of Human Services contracts with local agencies in the region to provide assistance and opportunities to El Paso County residents. CSBG funds may be available to provide qualifying persons with a one-time emergency or self-sufficiency assistance.

Audits and other financial reports are posted online. A snapshot of 2022 data is also online.

CSBG Needs Assessment Report 2024-2026

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, StopFraudColorado.gov, and the Federal Health and Human Services CSBG page on fraud.

CSBG Funding Survey

El Paso County (EPC) wants to hear from you! We would like to hear how we can better serve you. The feedback you provide will help guide EPC in making decisions in the use of resources that will best benefit our county’s citizens. The more information you can provide, the more useful the results will be.
Thank you for your time in participating in this survey!

Eligibility and CSBG Community Agencies

More Information

For more information on CSBG and how to contact participating entities, please review the sections below, or review the attached information pages, available in multiple languages.

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

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be a resident of El Paso County and provide documentation verifying current residence
  • 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.

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

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

CSBG Volunteer Advisory Board Information

The CSBG Volunteer Advisory Board has a tripartite format and consists of nine members. All positions are filled as of January 2023.

Low-Income Sector (Term Ends)

  • Myra McCoy (June 2024)
  • Pamela Roberts (September 2025)
  • Camron Scott (January 2026)

Elected Officials (Term Ends)

  • Holly Williams (Indefinite, Board of El Paso County Commissioners Liaison)
  • Victoria Bennett (September 2024)
  • Michael Claudio (January 2026)

Private Organizations (Term Ends)

  • Shawn Gullixson (July 2024)
  • Greg Roosevelt (March 2025)
  • Pamela Herder (September 2025)

Please contact Heather Cross at heathercross2@elpasoco.com with any questions.