LEAP – Colorado’s Low-Income Energy Assistance Program
LEAP provides financial assistance with utility bills. This year addition federal funding to LEAP will allow an increase the minimum benefit by 75 percent to about $350 annually. This is an increase from the former $200 per household benefit.
LEAP provides cash assistance to help families and individuals pay winter home heating costs. The program offers the highest benefits to those with the highest heating bills and lowest income by family size.
Applicant income cannot exceed 185 percent of the federal poverty index, which equals a maximum income of $3,269 per month before taxes for a household of four. To qualify for LEAP applicants must be responsible for paying heating costs to either a utility company or a landlord as part of the rent.
Applicants must be permanent legal residents of the United States and Colorado or have household members who are U.S. citizens. LEAP applicants must provide a copy of valid identification. Potential applicants can apply several ways:
- Order a mailed application by calling 1.866.HEAT.HELP (1.866.432.8435)
- Applications are available at every county social/human service depsrtment
- Most utility companies will provide a LEAP application and instruction sheet
- Many community agencies such as Catholic Charities have LEAP applications
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