Oct 28, 2015
DENVER – Oct. 28, 2015 – Thousands of Denver residents will qualify for financial help to pay a portion of their winter home heating costs through the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP). This season, the number of qualifying households will be greater than previous years due to adjusted eligibility requirements.
“No matter who you are or where you’re from, during this time of year, home is where the warmth is,” said DHS Executive Director Don Mares. “We’re proud to be able to assist even more families than before by helping provide an essential aspect of home and family life to those in Denver who need it most.”
Through the annual LEAP program, set to begin taking applications again Nov. 1, 2015, Denver Human Services (DHS) to offers assistance to thousands each winter by paying a portion of their heating bill. During the 2014/2015 winter months, LEAP helped more than 10,000 Denver households with heating costs.
Receiving the LEAP benefit helps low-income individuals and families stay warm, save money on heating costs and use remaining cash to pay for other basic necessities during the winter months. In addition, those who eligible for LEAP assistance may also qualify for other energy related benefits, such as:
Both families and individuals with income up to 165% of the federal poverty index (up from 150 percent last year) may qualify for LEAP. For example, a family of four with a monthly gross income of less than $ 3,334 would qualify for LEAP, as long as they met the rest of the eligibility criteria. Applicants must meet the following criteria to receive help from LEAP:
Both home owners and renters who have at least one legally present household member are eligible to apply for heating assistance. See the program eligibility web page for more information.
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. DHS will be accepting applications from Denver residents for the LEAP program through Saturday, April 30, 2016.
LEAP is not intended to pay the entire cost of home heating. Those applying for assistance must continue to pay their home heating bill.
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