GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - With the upcoming winter season, many residents have begun to heat their homes as cooler temperatures arrive. However, for some, heating their homes can be a struggle and challenge due to the high costs of heating. A program called the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program, or LEAP, is there to help those in need.
The LEAP program provides funds for those in need, whether they use propane, gas, electric, wood, or even coal to heat their homes.
However, this program is not for everyone, and households must qualify to have a possible chance of acceptance.
To be eligible, household members must pay heating costs directly to a utility company or fuel supplier or pay as part of their rent. The income limit cannot exceed 65% of the state’s median income. They also must be a legal resident of the United States and a Colorado resident, or have household members who are U.S. citizens and must provide valid U.S documentation.
The LEAP program has been accepting applications since Nov. 1 and will continue accepting applications until April 30, 2022.
There are multiple ways residents can apply for the LEAP program. One is by calling the 24/7 hotline at 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435). They can also visit their local Social Services office, or visit the the Colorado Peak website.
For more information about the LEAP program, please visit cdhs.colorado.gov/leap.
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