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Summer Energy Assistance (formerly known as Heat Wave Help)  helps people afford a portion of their summer utility bills and helps pay for heating and cooling device repairs when no other organization is able to assist. This program is available July 1 - September 30.

Qualifying households can receive up to $200 for utility costs or up to $1,000 for heating or cooling appliance repairs including fans.This program is funded by Xcel Energy and Denver Human Services.


Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be a Denver County resident and reside at the home that  you are asking for energy assistance.
  • Your gross wages, income before taxes, must below 225% Federal Poverty level income guidelines according to household size:

Household Size

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If heating or cooling repairs/installations are needed, you must apply for the Crisis Intervention Program, 1-866-HEAT-HELP (866-432-8435), and be denied before your application will be approved. Please note that individuals are only eligible for furnace/AC or water heater replacements/repair once every five years.

How to Apply 

Step 1: Make a copy of the following information

Make a copy of the following information: 

  • Valid ID card
  • Proof of Denver residency
  • Proof of last four weeks of income

Step 2: Download or pick up an application

Download and print the applications below, or pick up an application in person at the Denver Human Services Richard T. Castro Center, between July 1 and September 30.

The Denver Human Services Richard T. Castro Center address is 1200 Federal Blvd., Denver, CO 80204. 

Step 3: Complete the application

Complete the application and make sure you've answered all questions and have attached all the requested information. If your application is not complete, we cannot process your request. Be sure to return the application as soon as possible; the sooner your application is received, the sooner it will be processed and a decision on your application can be made.

Step 3: Submit your application

Fill out the application, include a copy of supporting paperwork and submit it by mail, fax or in-person: 

  • By Mail:
    Denver Human Services 
    Attn: Summer Energy Assistance
    1200 Federal Blvd.
    Denver, CO 80204

  • By Fax: 720-944-3180

  • In-Person:
    Denver Human Services
    1200 Federal Blvd., 1st Floor, Room 1026
    Denver, CO 80204

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