Colorado residents behind on home heating bills still have time to apply for help. The Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) encourages Coloradans in need of financial assistance with home heating bills to take advantage of the program and apply for LEAP benefits before the April 30 deadline.
LEAP is a federally funded program that provides cash assistance to help families and individuals pay a portion of winter home heating costs. The program pays the highest benefit to those with the highest heating bills and lowest incomes by family size. Applicant income cannot exceed 150 percent of the federal poverty index, which equals a maximum income of $2,794 per month for a household of four people.
As of March 31, LEAP has helped nearly 95,000 Colorado households with their heating bills. However, there are still thousands eligible for the program that have yet to apply.
To qualify for LEAP, applicants must be responsible for paying heating costs directly to an energy provider, fuel dealer or as part of rent; be a permanent legal resident of the United States and Colorado or have household members who are U.S. citizens.
Completed LEAP applications can be faxed, mailed or delivered to the appropriate county office. Potential program applicants may obtain an application through the following:
• Call (866) 432-8435 to have an application mailed.
• Visit any county department of social/human services across the state. To locate your county’s office, visit the program’s website at www.colorado.gov/cdhs/leap.
• Download and print an application from www.colorado.gov/cdhs/leap.
To find out if you qualify for LEAP, call toll free (866) 432-8435 or visit www.colorado.gov/cdhs/leap to view the most current program application requirements. To help those in need or learn about additional assistance resources, visit www.EnergyOutreach.org.