Denver Human Services and Xcel Energy are teaming up to offer “Heat Wave Help”, a new program that provides assistance to people who need help paying home energy bills during the hot summer months. Keeping cool in the heat is important to the health and well-being of the elderly, young children and families.
“Record heat in Denver puts our most vulnerable residents in a dangerous position. They need help paying their utility bills and keeping the ‘cool’ on,” said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “The Heat Wave Help program from Denver Human Services and Xcel Energy can aid those who struggle for vital services during the summer months.”
The program offers eligible households in Denver the opportunity to keep their energy on after receiving a shut-off notice or get it turned back on. Heat Wave Help pays a portion of summer utility bills and helps people afford heating and cooling device repairs when no other organization is able to assist. Qualifying households can receive up to $200 for utility costs or up to $1,000 for heating or cooling appliance repairs.
The Heat Wave Help eligibility guidelines, application and program information can be accessed at www.denvergov.org/HeatWaveHelp
The Heat Wave Help program runs through Oct. 31 or until funds are exhausted. Funding for Heat Wave Help is provided by Xcel Energy as part of a franchise agreement with the city, as well as through Denver Human Services.
Recently, thousands of individuals across the US have been victims of identity theft through a program portrayed as a special federal government assistance program – sometimes described as a bailout authorized by President Barack Obama’s administration. Victims are given bank account and routing numbers to use when paying their bills online, but only after they "register" by surrendering their Social Security numbers and other personal information. Please be diligent when providing personal information. The Heat Wave Help application will not be taken over the phone and cannot be filled out online. The application, which includes the Denver Human Services logo, can be downloaded from the website and then must be submitted via mail, fax or drop box; info is included on the downloaded application.