Parker Task Force to provide aid

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The Douglas County Department of Human Services has partnered with the Parker Task Force to provide residents with more convenient access to applications for economic assistance.

“There are 25 percent of households in Parker receiving economic assistance,” Barbara Drake, director of Douglas County Human Services said. Castle Rock received the most assistance at 33 percent.

The Parker Task Force can now accept economic assistance applications and offer access to emergency assistance funds through the Community Services Block Grant. Prior to this partnership, access to human services was only accessible through the Department of Human Service’s Castle Rock location.

The task force operates on a volunteer basis, and training includes authorizing and accepting 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+.

Drake said people can also download applications from www.douglas.co.us/humanservices/index.html, and bring them in already filled out. The zip codes currently being served are 80134, 80138 and 80116. She added the Web site can provide program information and eligibility requirements.

Highlands Ranch came in third at 23 percent, and Littleton at 8 percent of households applying for food assistance or Medicaid of some kind.

“This Parker Task Force was the logical place,” Drake said.