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News Release

LEAP Benefits Increase to Help Coloradans Keep Warm!

Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Mar 6, 2014

Contact Information:

CONTACT: Brian Kuhn, Dept. of Human Services/LEAP, 970-498-6811, bkuhn@larimer.org
FROM:Deni La Rue, Community Information Manager, (970) 498-7150

 

Colorado’s Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP), which provides financial assistance with home heating bills, has announced an increase to the minimum and maximum benefit levels for residents who qualify. Program beneficiaries will now receive at least $300 to help defray winter home heating costs and the maximum benefit has been raised to $1,300. The average benefit for qualified Colorado households this year is expected to be $447.00 total for the season.
 
“LEAP’s increased benefit levels will allow peace of mind for Coloradans who need help staying warm this winter,” State of Colorado LEAP Manager Aggie Berens says. “With the recent increases in home heating costs, especially propane, we want to make sure that no Coloradans go cold because they can’t afford their heating bill.”
 
The program has several eligibility requirements:
  • Applicants must be Colorado residents and U.S. citizens or legal aliens.
  • Applicants need to provide a copy of a valid identification and a completed affidavit to comply with Colorado Revised Statutes regarding documentation of lawful presence. Valid forms of I.D. include a Colorado driver’s license or I.D. card; a U.S. Military I.D. card or Military Dependent’s I.D. card; a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner card; or a Native American Tribal document. Other forms of I.D. may be accepted as well.
  • Applicants must be responsible for paying heating costs, either directly to a utility company or to a landlord as part of rent.
  • Applicants’ income cannot exceed 150 percent of the federal poverty index.
    Example:

Household Size

 
Maximum Gross Monthly Income
1
$ 1,436
2
$ 1,939
3
$ 2,441
4
$ 2,944

 

 
 
Larimer County residents interested in applying can call (970) 498-7730 to order a mailed application.  Alternatively, applications are available at all Larimer County Department of Human Services, most utility companies, and many community non-profit agencies. Applications also can be downloaded at www.colorado.gov/cdhs/leap.
 
Applicants can fax the completed application to (970) 498-7725 or mail it to
Larimer County Department of Human Services, 1501 Blue Spruce Dr., Fort Collins, CO. 80524-9972.
 
People eligible for LEAP may also qualify for other benefits, like the Crisis Intervention Program, which helps repair or replace the home’s primary heating system; or the Weatherization Program, which improves energy efficiency in homes.
 
 
 
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