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SNAP benefits distributed early in response to shutdown

Posted: 4:37 AM, Jan 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-12 06:37:55-05

COLORADO- With the partial government shutdown approaching its 3rd week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP benefits through February.

Additionally, those benefits will be sent out earlier than normal- by direction fro the Federal Government.

The deadline to get the proper documents filed for someone who’s papers are due for February benefits is Tuesday January 15th, 3 p.m.

In El Paso County, the Department of Human Services main office is offering extended hours at it’s main office at 1675 Garden of the Gods Road for those who need to submit redetermination documents.

Those extended hours are:

Saturday, Jan. 12, 2018: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 13, 2018: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 14, 2018: 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. (normal hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

According to the county, on Friday morning more than 2,400 SNAP recipients had files that weren’t complete.

Curbside drop-off will be available in the traffic circle at the Citizens Service Center, or people can come up to the third floor.

Services will be limited during these hours. Interviews will not be completed during this time, but EBT card issuance will be available.

Documentation may be submitted via PEAK  , by fax at 719-444-5139 or 719-444-8353, or in-person at El Paso County Department of Human Services locations.