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Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)

 

LEAP, the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program, is a federally funded program that helps qualifying households by paying a portion of their heating costs. Applications are accepted November 1 - April 30 each year.

Households that qualify receive an amount based on the number of people living in the home and the household income. The program also provides emergency assistance when a family receives a shut-off notice or when their heat has already been shut off.* Weatherization services are also available for those who qualify.

*If you are experiencing a heat emergency, such as your natural gas is about to be shut-off or is already shut-off, or you are about to run out of propane or already have run out of propane, LEAP may be able to help. Click here for instructions.


To receive help from this program, you must meet all the following criteria:

  • You are a U.S. citizen or legal resident, or be part of a household with a legal resident;
  • You pay heating costs to an energy company or as part of rent; and
  • You meet the income guidelines for the season. (Guidelines are subject to change each LEAP season, so applicants should check the guidelines on November 1 of each year.)

2017-2018 LEAP Household Income Guidelines

Household Size

Monthly Gross Income (165% of Federal Poverty Level)

1

$ 1,658

2

$ 2,233

3

$ 2,808

4

$ 3,383

5

$ 3,958

6

$ 4,532

7

$ 5,107

8

$ 5,682

  Each Additional Person 

$ 575

 

Get the LEAP application checklist here.

 

How to Apply for LEAP

Step 1: Get an application

If you received LEAP heating assistance during the 2016-2017 LEAP season, an application was mailed to you with a return envelope in September.

If you are applying for LEAP for the first time or you did not you receive the application in the mail, click the button below to download an application.

 

Step 2: Complete the application

Complete the application and make sure you've answered all questions and have attached all the requested information. If your application is not complete, your request cannot be processed. Review the application checklist through the link below to make sure you've filled out your application correctly.

Be sure to return the application as soon as possible; the sooner your application is received, the sooner it will be processed and a decision on your application can be made.

 

 

Step 3: Submit your application

NEW THIS YEAR! 

Applications are no longer accepted at Denver Human Services locations, except in the case of emergency shut-off notifications. You can submit your application in one of three ways: by mail, by fax, or by email.

By mail:

LEAP
P.O. Box 39200
Colorado Springs, CO 80949

 

By fax:

1-855-830-3483

 

By email:

LEAPHELP@discovermygoodwill.org

 

If you are approved for LEAP, you will be provided with information about payments in your approval letter. Please continue to make your heating bill and rental payments as usual. The LEAP approval process takes time and you must keep your account current while waiting to hear from us.

If you apply for LEAP and receive a shutoff notice before you know the outcome of your application, or you have your heating service disconnected, notify us immediately by calling 1-866-HEAT-HELP (432-8435).

For more information, visit the Colorado State LEAP website

 

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