Denver Human Services is now accepting Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) applications. This seasonal program helps households that qualify pay a portion of their home heating bill.
“People often tell us they keep their thermostats low and use blankets to stay warm, but still they have a difficult time paying their heating bill,” Andrea Albo, Denver Human Services Division Director said. “LEAP is designed to provide a little bit of help to make sure precious children and adults stay warm during the winter months.”
People who qualify typically receive the LEAP benefit one time each season. Depending on household size and income, qualifying households will receive anywhere from $200 - $800, which is paid directly to the heating provider or landlord if heat is included with rent. To qualify for LEAP, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident, pay heat costs to an energy company or as part of rent, and meet income guidelines. Household income must be at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, which for a household of one, monthly income before taxes must be less than or equal to $1,436.
To apply, call 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435), request an application, fill it out and mail it back to a local county human services office. People in Denver County can download an application from www.denvergov.org/leap or visit a Denver Human Services office to pick up or drop off an application.
Applicants that qualify may also be eligible to receive weatherization services. People can apply for LEAP through April 30.
For more information, call 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435) or visit www.denvergov.org/leap.