Listing - Alphabetical
The information listed below is offered in a list format, alphabetical by agency or organization name. You will need to go through every entry and read program descriptions to determine if you might meet eligibility criteria.
If you would like Sense of Security to help you identify which of these programs you might qualify for, you need to use F.A.S.T.™, our online filtering system that will help guide you to aid programs based on your response to 10 key, anonymous questions. Click here to go to the F.A.S.T.™ program.
The links below will take you to lists of resources for Colorado state residents, some for specific geographic regions, and some will be nationwide. You will find a short list of organizations providing financial resources in geographic areas outside Colorado using the last link.
Resources for Non-medical Financial Assistance - Federal & State Agencies
Aid to the Needy and Disabled (AND)
303-866-2800; 303-866-2850 TTY
Financial assistance is provided to persons with disabilities who meet eligibility criteria. Also see Colorado Department of Human Services below.
Colorado Department of Human Services
Statewide agency devoted to providing human service programs including, but not limited to, Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP), Aid to the Needy and Disabled (AND), Old-Age Pension (OAP), the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), Lifeline, and Colorado Works - Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF). Click here for a list of County Departments of Social Services to access information for the county in which you reside.
Colorado Works - Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF)
303-866-5981; 303-866-6293 TTY
Colorado Works is a welfare-to-work program paying a monthly stipend for someone seeking to return to the workforce. You must contact your county office of human services to apply for TANF. The telephone numbers provided are for the Colorado Department of Human Services. Also see Colorado Department of Human Services above.
Congregate Nutrition Services Program
303-866-2800; TDD 303-866-2850
This Colorado Department of Human Services program provides meals to persons aged 60 and over in a congregate (group) setting to assure a nutritionally balanced diet and to provide opportunity for socialization for older adults. Participants receive services through local providers of service and Area Agencies on Aging.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
TEFAP provides food assistance to needy people through the distribution of USDA commodities. Under TEFAP, commodity foods are made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to states for distribution to households for use in preparing meals for home consumption, or to organizations that prepare and provide meals for needy people. Foods are distributed free, but recipients of food for home use must meet program eligibility criteria set by the state of Colorado. Contact the Department of Human Services at telephone number provided to enroll. Also see Colorado Department of Human Services above.
Food Stamp Program
The food stamp program helps low-income people buy the food they need to meet their nutritional needs. Although it is a federal government program, it is run by state or local agencies. Food stamp applications are available at any Social Security office. To find your local Social Security office, click here.
For additional information on the Food Stamp program, visit the Food Nutrition Service's web site FOR A VERY HELPFUL TOOL that features an online prescreening tool to help you determine if you would be eligible for Food Stamps. Click here to link directly to the FNS web site.
You can also click here for a PDF of the Food Stamp application for Colorado.
A web site that informs individuals about whether they may qualify for some federal benefit programs, including health insurance programs. Provides links to 55 federal programs and expansion will cover 300 programs eventually.
In-home Nutrition Services Program
303-866-2800; TDD 303-866-2850
This Colorado Department of Human Services program provides meals to persons age 60 and over in a home setting for those unable to leave the home to assure a nutritionally balanced diet and care in home. Participants receive services through local providers of service and Area Agencies on Aging.
In-home Services Program
303-866-2800; TDD 303-866-2850
This Colorado Department of Human Services program provides a variety of services to persons who are aged 60 and over who are in need of assistance with daily activities of living primarily because of functional impairments [In general, these persons do not qualify for Medicaid funded long term care programs]. Participants receive services through local providers of services and Area Agencies on Aging.
Lifeline (The Telephone Assistance Program)
Lifeline, a program of the Colorado Department of Human Services, pays a portion of a monthly phone bill for eligible individuals. You may be eligible for a discount from your local telephone company on your basic phone service if you currently receive: Old Age Pension benefits, Aid to the Needy and Disabled, or Supplemental Security Income. Also see Colorado Department of Human Services above.
Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
LEAP is a state program that assists Colorado's low- income families with heating their homes from November 1 - April 30 of each year. LEAP will provide home heating assistance to needy households in Colorado that are at or below the 185 percent level of the federal poverty index. Household income limits can be found at the link above. Application forms are located at all County Social Services Departments or call the toll free number to have an application mailed. Once an application has been approved for LEAP, the local utility company is contacted and payment is forwarded to them. Also see Colorado Department of Human Services above.
Click here for an information sheet about the LEAP program.
Click here for an application for LEAP.
Old Age Pension (OAP)
303-866-2800; 303-866-2850 TTY
OAP is a state-funded program providing basic retirement income and State only modified medical health or Medicaid. Also see Colorado Department of Human Services above.
202-708-1112; 202-708-1455 TTY
Managed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Section 8 program allows very low-income families to choose and lease or purchase safe, decent, and affordable privately-owned rental housing.
Social Security Administration
800-772-1213; 800-325-0778 TTY
The Social Security Administration is a federal program that pays benefits under two programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Links directly to these programs are provided on this page.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
SSDI pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are "insured" meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
SSI is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes). It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people who have little or no income and it provides cash to meet basic financial needs for food, clothing and shelter.
Unemployment Insurance - State of Colorado
Metro Denver, 303-318-9000
Other areas including outside Colorado, 1-800-388-5515
(TDD) 303-318-9016 or 1-800-894-7730
Unemployment insurance provides temporary and partial wage replacement to workers who have become unemployed through no fault of their own. The program is funded by employer-paid taxes and provides benefits to those who meet the eligibility requirements of the Colorado Employment Security Act. The intent of the program is to aid in maintaining economic stability within a community by safeguarding the income and purchasing power of unemployed workers. The Division of Employment and Training within the Department of Labor and Employment administers the program. APPLY ONLINE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS BY CLICKING HERE.
Resources for Non-medical Financial Assistance - Community Organizations
The Alexander Foundation
This nonprofit organization has a Cancer, Catastrophic Illness and Injury Grant Program that provides support to lesbians and gays who are at risk of losing their ability to provide basic needs due to treatment or complications related to cancer, a catastrophic illness, or a serious illness. Some examples of basic life needs are medical care, housing, food, clothing, phones, utilities, and so on. A fixed monthly grant for up to 12 months is available; the amount of the grant is determined by the recipients’ needs but not to exceed $2400. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements and applications wll only be accepted from an approved referring agency or source. For information on how to apply for this grant, please call.
American Cancer Society
1-800-ACS-2345 National Office
303 776-2875 Longmont
719-636-5101 Colorado Springs
970-226-0148 Fort Collins
970-242-9593 Grand Junction
An online service developed by the National Council on Aging that helps older adults and seniors find benefits that may pay for some of their costs of prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other essential items or services. Millions of older adults could benefit from a wide array of public programs if they knew about them and how to apply for them. Fill out our simple questionnaire to find programs that can assist you or your loved ones.
Cancer Care is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide free professional help to people with all cancers through counseling, education, information, referral and direct financial assistance.
Click here for the Cancer Care application.
Catholic Charities of Denver
Catholic Charities works with individuals, families, and communities to meet their needs, eliminate oppression, and build a just and compassionate society. Catholic Charities helps people of all faiths, providing services exclusively in Colorado from Metro Denver to Northern Colorado and the Western Slope. They strive to assure that the basic necessities of life - food, clothing, and shelter - are available to people in need.
Ecumenical Social Ministries
Founded by downtown Colorado Springs churches, some 80 churches work in partnership to provide emergency food, clothing, bus passes, gas vouchers, prescription medications, eyeglasses, personal hygiene items, etc., through the Direct Services Program to residents of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Housing Program provides rent and utility assistance once per year in order to prevent homelessness for those on the brink of eviction or foreclosure. Homeless clients may be assisted in finding affordable housing.
Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA)
EFAA has two programs that provide aid to meet basic needs and promote financial stability and self-sufficiency for families with children whose needs cannot adequately be met by other means. EFAA serves families in Boulder and Broomfield counties. The Food & Financial Assistance Programs provide assistance with food, rent, utility bills, minor medical expenses, transportation, furniture, and case management services. The Emergency & Transitional Housing Programs operates shelters for families in need. Shelters in Boulder, Longmont, and Lafayette provide an average of seven weeks of housing and services. For families needing longer than seven weeks of support, EFAA offers a transitional housing program in Boulder and Lafayette.
Friends of Man
Provides financial assistance with food, clothing, medical expenses, day care, dental expenses. Requires third party referral.
House of Neighborly Service
Serving individuals in Loveland and Berthoud, the organization helps people to become self-sustaining through emergency services. They provide food, clothing, household items, help with prescriptions, utility assistance, emergency shelter, transportation, and other miscellaneous supplies.
Inter-Faith Community Services
Inter-Faith Community Services provides basic human services and enrichment programs to low-income people in Arapahoe and northern Douglas counties using community resources. We foster self-sufficiency and respect the dignity of each client. We serve the people of Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated Arapahoe County.
Jewish Family Service - Another Pair of Hands Program
Common household tasks can become major challenges for men and women undergoing cancer treatment. Another Pair of Hands offers in-home help and case management services. Services are on a sliding-fee scale based on income.
Memorial Hospital - "Circle of Hope" and "Renee's Friends" Program
For patients at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. The "Circle of Hope" program provides funding for emergency transportation and other special needs for patients and families.
Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N)
Fort Collins (970) 484-7498
Loveland (970) 663-4163
Neighbor to Neighbor's mission is to empower people residing in Fort Collins and Loveland by promoting housing opportunity through education, advocacy, counseling and partnering with the community. Two programs help with financial assistance for housing needs. The Transitional Housing Program provides transitional housing for homeless families with children who are on the pursuit of self-sufficiency through continued education and a supportive housing environment. The Homeless Prevention Program awards funds to prevent homelessness due to an unforeseen circumstance which may lead to eviction/foreclosure. Clients must demonstrate rental responsibility and provide verification of employment and income.
Orchard of Hope Foundation
Formed in 2001 to serve Fremont County residents, Orchard of Hope provides financial assistance for local individuals and organizations. Two annual events raise money for their work; income from the Walk for Hope helps local cancer victims, survivors, and their families. The organization takes applications from groups and individuals for financial assistance. Help is provided for transportation to and from medical appointments, prosthetics, wigs, and much more.
Partners in Housing
Partners in Housing (PIH) is a program supported by area churches, synagogues, businesses, and volunteers to provide transitional housing and comprehensive social services to potentially or presently homeless families with children. The services are located in El Paso County, but an applicant need not live in El Paso County to apply.
PatientTravel.org and its related telephone HELPLINE serves to make referrals and provide "how to get there" assistance for any patient needing to travel to a distant specialized medical facility for evaluation, diagnosis or treatment. Patients served are people for whom the cost of long-distance travel for medical care is difficult financially. Related to the National Patient Travel Center which exists to facilitate patient access to appropriate charitable medical air transportation resources in the United States. The NPTC also exists to develop, administer and consolidate airline patient ticket programs and to operate various Special-Lift and Child-Lift programs on behalf of special disease organizations and/or clinical research centers in the United States.
Project Angel Heart
Provides meals to homebound patients and generally requires third party referral. To be eligible for services, a client must have a life-threatening illness and limited mobility inhibiting food preparation or certain other extenuating circumstances. Dependents of eligible clients will also be served. Contact directly for definitions of "life-threatening illness," "limited mobility inhibiting food preparation," and "extenuating circumstances."
Click here to open and print an application for services for Project Angel Heart.
Project SOL - Survivor Outreach to Latinas
Project SOL does not provide financial assistance itself, but serves as a referral and case manager (bilingual) to guide Latinas through the entire breast cancer process from peer support to financial assistance to rehab programs. The mission of Project SOL is to improve the quality of life of Latinas with breast cancer. Project SOL provides services to Latinas undergoing treatment and those out of treatment for breast cancer.
Ray of Hope Foundation
The foundation helps lessen the daily burdens and financial struggles experienced by every cancer patient. The foundation will assist with short-term responsibilities of daily living as a primary focus and will also work to improve the financial and mental well-being of cancer patients in treatment.
Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance
The mission of Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance is to raise, manage and distribute funds to improve the quality of life for patients with cancer. RMCC provides emergency financial assistance to pay for basic needs such as: housing, food, utilities, transportation and other non-medical living expenses. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements and applications will only be accepted from a referring medical care provider. This aid is available to any Colorado patient with any type of cancer. Services are capped annually.
Rural Communities Resource Center
The RCRC provides emergency help with rent, utilities, prescription costs, transportation, interpretation (Spanish-English), advocacy with clinics and billing departments, and food via local food banks. Services are for residents of Yuma and Washington Counties.
Emergency financial assistance is available for individuals in crisis for housing, food, utilities, and other items as needed. Salvation Army also has several adult housing programs. The Lambuth Family Center provides short-term transitional housing for homeless families with children. FRESHstart Transitional Family Housing is based in Colorado Springs and provides supportive transitional housing for families for up to 24 months.
Seniors Resource Center
SRC provides specific transportation services to needed community services to ensure individual mobility, provide independence, support self-sufficiency, and to foster riders opportunity to participate fully in the life of the community. Their transportation services helps individuals who are elderly, persons who are chronically ill, persons with challenges both mentally and physically, children with critical care needs and persons who are no longer mobile and are at risk of social or physical isolation. Services are provided in Jefferson, Denver, Adams, Gilpin, Clear Creek, and Park Counties. For ride information or to schedule a ride, please call 303-235-6972.
The Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group
The VBCAG strives to ease the financial and emotional burdens endured by women in Eagle County who are battling breast cancer. Please call or write, POB 4043, Avon, CO 81620.
Resources for Medical Care
Big John's Team
Big John's Team is a Fort Collins-based organization dedicated to raising much needed funds for families that need help paying for cancer treatment costs. To apply, visit the web site above, or click here. In order to qualify you must meet one of the two main criteria: have no health insurance or be under-insured and have a minimum of $20,000 in cancer treatment related debt. Click here to complete the online application.
Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, State of Colorado
Breast cancer treatment funds are being distributed through the Medicaid office. Women must meet specific qualifications.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Formerly the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA)
800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227) or 410-786-3000
CMS is the government organization that administers the Medicare, Medicaid and Child Health Insurance programs. The web site offers information about these programs and other projects. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Regional Office 303-844-4024 303-844-0817 TTY State Medical Assistance Office 800-221-3943, 303-866-3513, 303-866-3305 TTY
Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP)
The CICP is a state program that provides partial reimbursement to providers for offering medical care to eligible underinsured and uninsured residents. The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) administers the CICP program. This is not a health insurance program. Services are restricted to participating hospitals and clinics throughout the state. Also, medical services vary by participating health care provider. The responsible physician determines what services will be covered. These services include, and are not limited to emergency care, inpatient care, outpatient care, and prescription drugs.
Colorado Women's Cancer Control Initiative (CWCCI) Project
303-692-2600; 866-692-6000 (recorded messages/VM)
Screening funds, must meet qualifications.
Doctors Care is a nonprofit organization that provides health care based on a person's ability to pay. It covers underinsured adults and children in South Metro Denver. You must qualify to participate. Doctors Care is NOT an insurance company.
The mission of Hope Lives is to ensure that women undergoing breast cancer treatment in Northern Colorado receive complete post-diagnosis support and care needed to complement their medical treatment. Through our Complementary Care Program, we bring the resources of over 30 cancer-related service and support providers straight to women with breast cancer. We ensure that these women can receive post-diagnosis support and care such as much-needed complementary care, lifestyle support such as housecleaning, and emotional support such as family and couples counseling.
Kaiser Permanente KP Helps Program -- for Kaiser Permanente patients only
Consult your Kaiser physician for referral.
Kaiser Permanente (KP) Colorado and its KP Helps fund assists low-income members with out-of-pocket expenses not covered by their benefit plan. The program is funded by contributions from individual Kaiser Foundation Health Plan employees and Permanente physicians. KP members experiencing financial hardship are referred to KP Helps by KP staff and physicians. Applicants are then screened for financial need. Members qualify for KP Helps if their income is below 200% of the poverty level or if their health care costs are more than 20% of their income. Liquid assets must be less than $4000, excluding a retirement account. Awards are capped at $400 and can be used only to cover health care costs, not premiums. The most frequent use of awards is to help pay for pharmaceutical products. Other frequent use is for durable medical equipment, visit copays, and medical procedure copays for MRIs, CTs and colonoscopies.
Penrose Community Hospital Foundation -- for Penrose patients only
The hospital's foundation can help with financial assistance and treatment costs on a case-by-case basis. Consult your Penrose physician for more information.
Pharmaceutical Patient Assistance Programs
Many pharmaceutical manufacturers have special programs to assist people who can't afford to buy the drugs they need. This site lists available information about these programs, which vary by company.
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
Patient Assistance Program Directory that PhRMA member companies offer to ensure that their medicines are made available to those who can't afford to purchase them. A number of companies have pledged that no patients in need of their medicines will do without them.
Susan G. Komen Colorado Foundation
Provides funds for medical treatment at selected facilities according to specific guidelines and at participating facilities. The Foundation does not pay for funding directly, you must visit a participating facility for treatment
800-827-1000; 800-829-4833 TTY
Eligible veterans and their dependents may receive cancer treatment at a Veterans Administration Medical Center.
Organizations Outside Colorado Providing Financial Resources
Arizona, Scottsdale : HEAL (Happily Ever After League)
The mission of HEAL is to nurture, facilitate and provide a network of support for moms with cancer. A one-time grant is issued to moms who are recovering from cancer surgery or treatment. The recipients children must be under the age of 18. There is no income qualification as we feel every mom is entitled to support during the healing process. The greatest need of each mom is determined by the recipient and a HEAL staff member. The recipient may choose from meal delivery, laundry pickup/delivery, house cleaning or for those in need of greater assistance we can provide grant money towards groceries, rent or utility bills.
11445 E Via Linda #2-493, Scottsdale AZ 85259
Maine: Maine Breast Cancer Coalition c/o Laurel Bezanson
Massachusetts: Helping Our Women, a resource center for women with chronic, life threatening, and/or disabiling iillness. Both financial and non-financial assistance including support groups, workshops, social services advocacy, transportation to medical appointments, assistance with light home duties or errands, financial aid to low-income clients to be used for medical, mental health or dental services as well as for alternative or complementary therapies, utilities, or prescriptions.
Serves Provincetown to Eastham, Massachusetts only
P.O. Box 1376, 336 Commercial Street #9, Provincetown MA 02657
New York: (Lend a Helping Hand program with services slightly different than SOS)
Town of Babylon: Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition program, Lend a Helping Hand
Town of Islip: Town of Islip Breast Cancer Coalition
South and North Fork (two forks of Long Island): South and North Fork Breast Cancer Coalition
Long Beach, Plainview, and Old Bethpage: Long Beach Breast Cancer Coalition
Ithaca, Wantagh and Glen Cove: Ithaca Breast Cancer Coalition.
West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition for Long Island program, Lend a Helping Hand