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Denver Human Services Offers Assistance with Home Heating Costs

Applications for Low-Income Energy Assistance Program accepted through April 30

With winter fast approaching, Denver Human Services is inviting qualifying residents to apply for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP). This statewide program helps eligible residents pay for some of their home heating or heating system repair costs during the cold winter months.

“Families are facing difficult health and economic challenges this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Denver Human Services Executive Director Don Mares. “The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program is another way we can support our community through this crisis and help those in need stay safe, warm, and well.”

LEAP is available for qualifying households through April 30, 2021, and residents can request an application by calling 1-866-HEAT-HELP (432-8435), or visit www.denvergov.org/LEAP to complete the application online.

LEAP is a federally funded program that is open to both homeowners and renters. The program is not designed to pay the entire cost of home heating, but it can alleviate some of the burden by providing partial assistance with energy bills and furnace or wood-burning stove repairs or replacements. During the 2019/2020 season, 7,973 Denver residents received help through the program.

To qualify for LEAP, applicants must have a gross monthly income of no more than 60 percent of Colorado’s Area Median Income ($2,619 for an individual or $5,038 for a family of four). They must also be responsible for paying heating costs and be a U.S. citizen or legal resident, or belong to a household with a legal resident.

In addition to LEAP, residents may also qualify for other assistance programs: