Aid to the Blind - El Paso County Department of Human Services
El Paso County Department of Human Services
Data Provided By
Pikes Peak United Way - PPUW
Description of Service
The Aid To The Blind (AB) program provides cash assistance to low-income Colorado residents age 18+, who have a total disability that precludes them from working.
El Paso County
El Paso County
Walk in to apply in person at the El Paso County DHS office Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., or go online to apply for services at www.coloradopeak.secure.force.com
To receive AB benefits, you must sign an IM-14 form saying you will repay AB benefits with the SSI benefits you are eligible to receive in the same month. Your lump sum SSI check will go to the county to repay the AB program.
You will need to provide a doctor’s form verifying you have less than a 10% visual acuity in the better eye with corrections; or you have no more than 20/200 central vision acuity in the better eye with correction. You can print the doctor’s form, which is called an AB-5 and take it to your doctor. You will also need to show ID, proof of residency and address (lease, utility bill, etc.), a social security card, and you need to sign an IM-14 form saying you will repay AB benefits with the SSI benefits you are eligible to receive in the same month.
If you are applying through the PEAK Website, before you start your online application, you might want to gather the following information to help you complete the application:
- Full names, dates of birth, and Social Security Numbers (SSNs) for the people applying for benefits.
- If someone in your home is pregnant, the due date and number of babies for that pregnancy.
- If someone is working, pay check stubs for that person’s job(s). We will ask how much each person makes at his/her job, how often he/she is paid, and how many hours he/she works.
- Benefit check stubs or award letters for types of income, such as Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or Child Support. They will ask when these types of benefits started, how much is received, and how often it is received.
- If someone is self‐employed, last year’s tax return for his/her self‐employment (if he/she field taxes for the business). Otherwise, try to gather information about his/her income and expenses for the business.
- How much you pay each month for housing (examples: rent, lot rent, mortgage, property taxes, or homeowner’s insurance).
- How much you pay each month for utilities (examples: electricity, gas, phone, water, and trash removal).
- How much you pay for someone’s care (example: day care for your children) and who provides the care.
English, Spanish, Interpretation Services
Low-income Colorado residents age 18+, who have a total disability that precludes them from working.