Heatwave Help

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. Heat Wave Help is available June 1 - Sept. 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

  • Denver County resident
  • You must 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 
  • You cannot have received Heat Wave Help from Denver Human Services within the past two (2) years.
  • 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.
  • You must seek all available resources for assistance prior to your application being approved.
  • Heat Wave Help funds can be used to supplement other funds to meet a households needs.

Steps to Apply  
  1. Contact at least two local agencies to see if they can provide financial assistance for your utility bill. If there is no funding available, document the following information: name of organization, name of representative with whom you spoke, date, time and phone number. A good resource to find local agencies is to call 2-1-1.
  2.  Make a copy of the following information: valid ID card, proof of Denver residency, proof of last four weeks of income and documentation of two local agencies that could not provide assistance. 
  3. Download or pick up an application from Denver Human Services, 1200 Federal Blvd., Room 1026 between June 1 - Sept. 30 
  4. Fill out the application, include a copy of supporting paperwork and submit it by mail, fax or in-person
    -By Mail: DHS Heat Wave, P.O. Box 40609, Denver, CO 80204
    -By Fax: 720-944-4898                    
    -In-Person: Denver Human Services, 1200 Federal Blvd., 1st Floor, Room 1026

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