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LEAP Heating Assistance Begins Accepting Applications November 1st

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LEAP Heating Assistance Begins Accepting Applications November 1st

DENVER – Oct. 31, 2014 – Each winter, thousands of people living in Denver simply can’t afford to heat their homes. Denver Human Services (DHS) helps many of those residents stay warm by paying a portion of their heating bill through the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP).

DHS will begin accepting applications from Denver residents for the LEAP program on Saturday, November 1, 2014 through Thursday, April 30, 2015. Both families and individuals may qualify for LEAP. The maximum Federal Poverty Level for the program is 150 percent, which for a family of four is a monthly gross income of less than $2,982.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to receive help from LEAP:
• Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident, or be part of a household with a legal resident;
• Responsible for paying heating costs; and
• Meet certain income limits
“Heating your home during the winter should never be a choice, but every winter people all across Denver have to choose between paying their heating bill or paying for other basic necessities like food, medicine or health care,” said DHS Executive Director Penny May. “With help from LEAP, heating your home doesn’t have to be a choice and that means thousands of households can stay warm and avoid medical issues, house fires and other preventable hazards that can occur when you’re unable to pay your heating bill.”

During the 2013/2014 winter months, LEAP helped more than 10,000 Denver households with heating costs. Both home owners and renters who have at least one legally present household member are eligible to apply for heating assistance. Those who qualify for LEAP may also be able to receive emergency furnace repair and home weatherization assistance.
LEAP is a statewide mail-in program that is federally funded and county administered and applying for assistance is simple. Requested applications are mailed directly to any Colorado household. Applications can be requested by calling 1-866-HEAT-HELP (432-8435). People hoping to receive heating assistance may also print an application online, by visiting www.denvergov.org/LEAP.

LEAP is not intended to pay the entire cost of home heating. Those applying for assistance must continue to pay their home heating bill.

Ways to Save Energy & Money
• Replace your furnace filter every two months during winter.
• Keep curtains, shutters and blinds closed at night and when it is cloudy.
• Turn down your heat; each degree you turn it down will save about 3% on your heating bill.
• Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
• Set water heater temperatures at 120 degrees or lower.

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About Denver Human Services
Denver Human Services provides assistance, protection and prevention services to Denver’s most vulnerable residents. Assistance programs are provided to eligible Denver residents in financial need and include federal food, cash and medical benefits, as well as child care, child support, energy, rental and burial assistance. Protection and
Prevention services are provided via child, youth and adult protection services, along with community focused programming including substance abuse awareness campaigns and veterans’ and homeless services. For more information, visit www.denvergov.org/humanservices.