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Heating Bill Assistance Program Starts Nov. 1

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:

  • The Crisis Intervention Program, which provides assistance with the repair or replacement of the home's primary heating system such as a furnace or wood-burning stove;
  • The Weatherization Program, designed to improve the energy efficiency in homes throughout Colorado, helping to permanently reduce heating costs; and
  • The Property Tax/Rent/Heat Credit (PTC) rebate, offered to low-income seniors and disabled persons, administered by the Colorado Department of Revenue.

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:

  • 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

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 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.

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.


Media Contact:
Jesse Granger
720-944-1114 (D)