Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) from Elbert County Health & Human Services
LEAP is a federally-funded program that helps eligible, hard-working Colorado families, seniors and individuals pay a portion of their winter home heating costs. Our goal is to help bring warmth, comfort and safety to your home and family by assisting with heating costs. You may qualify if you:
· Pay home heating costs, either directly to a utility company or to a landlord as part of rent.
· Are a permanent legal resident of the United States and a Colorado resident or you have household members that are U.S. citizens.
· Earn a maximum family household income that does not exceed 60% of the state median income level.
· Provide proof of lawful presence in the U.S. Valid forms of identification
Use the table below to determine whether you may be eligible. “Household” refers to all people living with you and for whom you are financially responsible.
HOUSEHOLD SIZE MAXIMUM GROSS MONTHLY INCOME
EACH ADD’L PERSON $137
The amount of the energy assistance benefit varies depending factors including fuel costs and income. The program does not provide financial assistance for temporary or portable heating. In most cases, the energy assistance benefit is paid directly to the household energy supplier. Elbert County Health and Human Services, located at 75 Ute Ave in Kiowa, can assist you with the application process. The LEAP program is effective from November 1 and ends April 30. If you qualify, the program can help you with your cost of gas or propane.
Additional resources :
The Weatherization Program is offered through the Governor’s Energy Office and is designed to improve the energy efficiency in homes throughout Colorado, helping to permanently reduce heating costs.
Colorado also offers a rebate of property tax, rent and heat expenses to low-income seniors and disabled persons. Known as the Property Tax/Rent/Heat Credit (PTC) rebate, the maximum property tax rebate is $660 and the maximum heat expenses rebate is $192. The Colorado Department of Revenue administers the rebate.