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DHS Works to Keep Residents Warm This Winter with Launch of Annual Low-Income Energy Assistance Program

 

Denver Human Services (DHS) is working to keep Denver residents warm this winter with the launch of the annual Low-Income Energy Assistance Program, or LEAP, which begins accepting applications November 1. LEAP is available for qualifying households through April 30, 2019.

“Seasonal changes and the holidays can cause enough stress for families,” said Denver Human Services Executive Director Don Mares. “Worrying about the heating bill shouldn’t be an additional burden for families in need. The Low-income Energy Assistance Program is a great resource for our community.”

Qualifying individuals and families can use the resources provided to stay warm, save money on heating costs, and use their remaining cash to pay for other necessities during the winter months. During the 2017/2018 season, more than 7,400 households received support through LEAP.

In addition to LEAP, households may also qualify for:

Both home owners and renters with at least one legally present household member are eligible to apply for LEAP. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • 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 (up to 165% of federal poverty level index)

 

Applying for LEAP is simple. Applications may be requested by calling 1-866-HEAT-HELP (432-8435), or by visiting www.denvergov.org/LEAP.

 

LEAP is a statewide, federally funded program. 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 and 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.