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Denver Human Services Offers Annual Energy Assistance Program

 

Residents can submit LEAP applications starting today

Denver - Denver residents can stay warm this winter with help from Denver Human Services through the Low-income Energy Assistance Program, or LEAP, which begins accepting applications November 1. LEAP, a statewide program, is available for qualifying households through April 30, 2019. Applying for LEAP is simple. Applications may be requested by calling 1-866-HEAT-HELP (432-8435), or by visiting www.denvergov.org/LEAP.

“The Low-income Energy Assistance Program is a critical resource for our community,” said Denver Human Services Executive Director Don Mares. “Making sure families can keep the heat on and stay safe in the winter is an important part of our vision of a healthy community where each person is connected, supported, safe, and well.”

Qualifying individuals and families can use these resources to stay warm, save money on heating costs, and use their remaining cash to pay for other necessities during the winter months. During the 2018/2019 season, more than 7,100 households received support through LEAP.

In addition to LEAP, households may also qualify for:

  • The Crisis Intervention Program which provides help with repairing or replacing a home's primary heating system, such as a furnace or wood-burning stove;
  • The Weatherization Program which can help improve home energy efficiency;
  • The Property Tax/Rent/Heat Credit (PTC) rebate which provides a partial refund of property taxes or rental payments made, or a partial refund of heat or fuel expenses, to qualifying low-income seniors and those with a disability;
  • The Property Tax Relief Program which provides a partial refund of property taxes or rent for couples and individuals who are 65 or older or permanently disabled, and for homeowners with children; and
  • The Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance Program through Denver Economic Development & Opportunity, which provides utility assistance and help paying up to 80% of rent for qualifying households.

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. Both homeowners 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 60% of Colorado’s Area Median Income)

More 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.