LEAP launches online application for heating assistance program | SteamboatToday.com

LEAP launches online application for heating assistance program

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Colorado's Low-Income Energy Assistance Program will kick off the 2018-19 season with a new online application process for individuals and families needing heating assistance. Enrollment for the program starts Nov. 1 and continues through April 30.

"With the new online application process, individuals can apply from any device, or they can still visit one of our county locations," said Theresa Kullen, LEAP manager. "We believe everyone who needs assistance is going to find this is easier, takes less time and overall the whole process is more efficient."

Applications can be accessed through LEAP's website at Colorado.gov/cdhs/LEAP, which links to the state's CO PEAK system for online applications.

To be eligible for the program, candidates must pay home heating costs directly to a utility company or landlord as part of their rent, be a permanent legal resident of the United States and Colorado or have a legal U.S. citizen in the household. A family household income cannot surpass 165 percent of the federal poverty index.

If approved, LEAP payments are usually made directly to the primary heating vendor, and a notice is sent to individuals regarding the benefit amount. Last year, approximately 65,000 applications were approved with assistance averaging $337 to $674 across the state.

To determine the monthly income eligibility according to the household size, visit Colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/program-eligibility.

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