Colorado's Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) is taking applications from families who need help paying their heating bills.
Federal funding helps pay for this yearly program.
A family's income income cannot exceed 150 percent of the federal poverty index, which equates to $2,882 per month for a family of four.
The average LEAP benefit is estimated to be $302 per household, According to Aggie Berens, manager of LEAP.
Last year, more than 125,000 Coloradans applied for LEAP, and 100,794 households received an average benefit of $344.
LEAP started taking application on Nov. 1 and will continue to do so until April 30, 2013.
If you are interested in applying, there are several ways you can get an application.
- Call 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435) to have an application mailed.
- Visit any county department of social/human services across the state. To locate your county's office, visit the program's Web site at www.colorado.gov/cdhs/leap .
- Download and print an application from www.colorado.gov/cdhs/leap.
LEAP eligible households may also qualify for the Crisis Invention Program [CIP] and Colorado's Energy Office's Weatherization Program.
The CIP operates year-round and provides assistance with a home's primary heating source such as a furnace or wood-burning stove.
The Weatherization Program improves the energy efficiency in homes throughout Colorado, thereby permanently reducing heating costs.