CDHS Encourages Coloradans to Apply for LEAP – The Burlington Record

All potentially eligible Coloradans were encouraged to apply for Colorado’s Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP), a federally funded program that helps eligible Coloradans with a portion of their costs. heating in winter.

The LEAP program works to keep our communities warm during the winter, from November through April, by making a one-time payment directly to the utility company on behalf of every LEAP-eligible household statewide.

Last season, 77,500 LEAP recipients received an average benefit of $550.25. This season, nearly 75,000 Colorado households have requested LEAP to date. Applications are accepted until April 30.

“This season, Colorado received a record amount of funding for LEAP,” said LEAP manager Theresa Kullen.

“While data from the US Energy Information Administration shows that heating bills are rising this winter between 6 and 54 percent depending on the heating source, funding is available to help Coloradans offset these increased costs.

“We encourage anyone who thinks they are eligible to apply and take advantage of LEAP’s many benefits.”

In addition to assistance with home heating bills, LEAP recipients may be eligible for furnace repair and replacement in the event of a heat-related emergency and weatherization services pending results of a home energy audit.

Currently, LEAP recipients are also eligible for two temporary programs funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

The first of these programs is the Utilities Assistance Program, which provides funds to help pay delinquent accounts for home energy costs.

Second, the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) provides a one-time payment to water vendors for eligible households whose account is in arrears or closed while funding is available.

To be eligible for LEAP, Coloradans can have an income up to 60% of the state’s median income level, which equates to a household income of less than $64,000 per year for a family of four.

Additionally, LEAP recipients must pay their home heating costs directly to a utility company or landlord as part of their rent, be a resident of Colorado, and be at least a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. from the United States living in the household.

Specific eligibility criteria can be found on our website.

To access the LEAP app, go to cdhs.colora

Online applications are processed through the Colorado PEAK system.

You can also call the HEAT HELP line at 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435) to receive a request by mail or email.

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