To provide residents of Northern Douglas County with more convenient access to applications for economic assistance, the Douglas County Department of Human Services has partnered with the Parker Task Force who through a formal agreement with the County can now accept economic assistance applications and offer access to emergency assistance funds available through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). Prior to this partnership, access to human services were accessible only via the Department of Human Service’s Castle Rock location.
“This agreement upgrades the partnership that has existed between the Parker Task Force and the Douglas County Dept of Human Services for the past 22 years,” said Clark Hastings, Parker Task Force.
Operating on a volunteer basis, the Parker Task Force will be authorized to accept economic assistance applications based on guidelines set by the County. Programs for which applications can be accepted include those that provide Food Assistance and Family Medicaid/CHP+. The applications will then be forwarded to the Douglas County Department of Humans Services for processing.
“It is the hope that this partnership will save residents transportation costs and be more convenient for people accessing services at the Parker Task Force,” said Barbara Drake, Director of Douglas County Human Services.
The funds from the CSBG are used to aid residents who earn less than 125 percent of poverty to offset emergency expenses of qualified applicants. Funds can be used for such emergencies as to prevent eviction, the shut-off of utilities, medicine, transportation or other emergency situations.
For more information, visit http://www.douglas.co.us/humanservices/index.html.