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, StopFraudColorado.gov, 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 over
  • Have a household income at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level

All persons receiving assistance will be required to sign a Residency Declaration.

All persons requesting assistance will need to bring evidence of income with them, 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