Hinsdale County

970-944-0321

Mineral County

719-658-2416

ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

When you need help, we’re here.

Our friendly team can always help you with any questions you may have, or with submitting applications.

Assistance programs in Hinsdale County are managed by the Gunnison Public Health office and our Mineral County assistance programs are managed by the Rio Grande Public Health Office.

In Mineral County, you can make an appointment to meet with DHS Representatives on the first Tuesday of every month between 1pm-3pm. You can also apply online here.

Mineral and Hinsdale County

Colorado Works (Temporary Aid to Needy Families)

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Food Assistance Program

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Colorado SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

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Community Food Banks

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Adult and Family Medical Coverage (Medicaid, CHP+)

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Child Care Assistance

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Old Age Pension (OAP)

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Aid to the Needy and Disabled (AND)

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Energy Assistance Programs (LEAP)

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Women Infants Children (WIC) Nutrition Program

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When you need help, we’re here.

Our friendly team can always help you with any questions you may have, or with submitting applications.

Assistance programs in Hinsdale County are managed by the Gunnison Public Health office and our Mineral County assistance programs are managed by the Rio Grande Public Health Office.

In Mineral County, you can make an appointment to meet with DHS Representatives on the first Tuesday of every month between 1pm-3pm. You can also apply online here.

Mineral and Hinsdale County

Colorado Works (Temporary Aid to Needy Families)

Learn More

Food Assistance Program

Learn More

Colorado SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

Learn More

Community Food Banks

Learn More

Adult and Family Medical Coverage
(Medicaid, CHP+)

Learn More

Child Care Assistance

Learn More

Old Age Pension (OAP)

Learn More

Aid to the Needy and Disabled (AND)

Learn More

Energy Assistance Programs (LEAP)

Learn More

Women Infants Children (WIC) Nutrition Program

Learn More

We’re Here To Help

If you live in or are visiting Lake City/Hinsdale County or Creede/Mineral County, our dedicated team is here to help you get the support, guidance, and access to the services you need.

Hinsdale County
Public Health Office

970-944-0321  

Mineral County
Public Health Office

719-658-2416  
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Colorado Works (Temporary Aid to Needy Families)

Colorado Works, also known as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, is a cash assistance program.


It's designed to help eligible families with very low incomes achieve economic security by promoting job preparation, work, and family stabilization.

Applicants who are either pregnant or have at least one child, and who meet other eligibility requirements, can receive monthly cash assistance payments, help with emergency household expenses, and/or services such as counseling, training, and employment assistance.


For more information on the program, click here. (link to https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/colorado-works-tanf)#


For help applying, get in touch with:

Food Assistance Program

This is a federally-funded Food Assistance Program, created to alleviate hunger and malnutrition among low-income households by increasing their food purchasing power.


Eligible households who apply receive a monthly benefit allotment.


Households can redeem their allotment for food items only using an Electronic Benefits Transaction (EBT) card.

Community Food Banks

Our food banks are small, but no one deserves to go hungry. We maintain our supply of quality food through government programs such as The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), Care and Share, and through generous donations from local churches, youth groups, and individuals.


The community food banks are available to all, and open during regular business hours, at both the Hinsdale and Mineral County offices.


Hinsdale County Food Bank
304 W. Third Street
Lake City, Colorado 81235


Mineral County Food Bank
802 Rio Grande Avenue
Creede, Colorado 81130


We also accept food donations any time during regular business hours.


Food items must meet the following requirements:


- Non-perishable
- If frozen – must be professionally packaged
- Within date (not expired)
- Unopened and/or not partially used

Aid to the Needy and Disabled (AND)

Aid to the Needy and Disabled — Colorado Supplement


This supplemental payment is available for residents aged 0 to 59, who are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) due to a disability or blindness, and are not receiving the full SSI benefit.


To apply online, visit the Colorado PEAK website

Women Infants Children (WIC) Nutrition Program

Providing free nutrition education, breastfeeding support, healthy food, health referrals, and other related services, WIC’s goal is to help keep pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under the age of 5 healthy.


WIC is open to all kinds of families in Colorado: married or single parents, working or not working. If you’re a father, mother, grandparent, foster parent, or other legal guardian of a child under 5, you can apply for WIC.


The program is created to help:
- Pregnant women
- Breast-feeding women (up to one year postpartum)
- Non-breastfeeding postpartum women (up to 6 months postpartum)
- Infants
- Children up to the age of 5 years


You can participate in Colorado WIC if you:

- Live in Colorado
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding , and/or have a child younger than 5 years
- Have a family income less than WIC guidelines
- Currently get Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), food stamps or Medicaid
- Have a foster child under age 5
- Meet certain financial requirements and be “nutritionally at risk”


To schedule an appointment, or for more information, call:


HINSDALE COUNTY:
Kim Bemis
WIC Coordinator
Gunnison, Colorado
970-641-7911


MINERAL COUNTY:
WIC office
Monte Vista, Colorado
719-852-2256