Basic Cash Assistance increases for Colorado Works families

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: July 22, 2022

Alongside the TANF Coalition, the Children’s Campaign worked to pass HB22-1259 this legislative session in order to make several improvements to the way the TANF program – known here as Colorado Works – will serve families. This includes a 10% increase in Basic Cash Assistance (BCA) that came into effect on July 1. We thank the Department of Human Services for their work to move this rule forward! 

BCA is the most targeted approach we can take to reducing extreme childhood poverty, which has a profound impact on the health and development of children. BCA helps families who are living far below the poverty level cover the cost of basic necessities like food, clothing, rent and diapers. BCA has not kept up with the rising cost of living in Colorado, making this most recent adjustment through HB22-1295 a critical improvement and necessary step in the right direction.  

The Children’s Campaign has been very proud to co-convene the TANF Coalition, a group of over 30 organizations, direct service providers, and directly impacted people working to improve the Colorado Works program. The coalition is now thrilled to begin working alongside other stakeholders to implement the other policies within HB22-1259 for families. 

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit www.coloradokids.org.