Employment assistance

Employment assistance

The Colorado Department of Human Services provides several types of employment assistance across a number of divisions. Read the descriptions below to see if one of our programs fits your needs. 

CDHS does not provide unemployment benefits. Visit the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment's website for unemployment resources.

Colorado Employment First

Colorado Employment First promotes self-sufficiency and independence by preparing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients for employment through job seeking skills training, work experience and monthly job search support activities. To be eligible for the Employment First program, you must be receiving SNAP benefits.

Visit Colorado Employment First page to learn more.

ReHire Colorado

ReHire Colorado is a transitional employment program that combines wage-paying work, job skills training and supportive services to help individuals successfully re-enter the workforce and Colorado businesses connect with high-quality talent. ReHire serves as a bridge between local job seekers and businesses by supporting a skilled workforce that meets the needs of businesses and strengthens the local economy.

Visit the ReHire Colorado page to learn more.

Colorado Refugee Services Program

The Colorado Refugee Services Program facilitates the effective resettlement of refugees and promotes refugee advancement past self-sufficiency and to long-term integration. The program provides resources for refugees, asylees, community partners, and interested individuals looking for a way to connect.

Visit the Colorado Refugee Services Program page to learn more.

Individual Placement and Support (IPS)

Supported employment is a program that helps people with mental illness and/or substance use disorders find and keep jobs, while at the same time providing employers with access to motivated employees. The Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of supported employment is one of many types of vocational programs for people with behavioral health issues.

Visit the Individual Placement and Support page to learn more.

Senior Community Services Employment Program

The Senior Community Services Employment Program provides a minimum wage to participants while teaching new skills and improving their opportunity to become employed. The program offers priority enrollment to those who are 65 or older; have a disability; have limited English proficiency or low literacy skills; reside in a rural area; are veterans; have low employment prospects; and are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Visit the Senior Community Services Employment Program page to learn more.

Colorado Works Subsidized Training and Employment Program (CW STEP)

The Colorado Works Subsidized Training and Employment Program (CW STEP) helps connect at-risk populations who are eligible for basic cash assistance from Colorado Works (Colorado's federally funded program providing temporary cash assistance for needy families) with crucial professional work experience and opportunity.

Visit the CW STEP page to learn more.