In the face of Colorado’s chilling winters, financial constraints can turn the joy of snowfall into a battle against the cold. However, the state-sponsored Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) provides a crucial lifeline.
LEAP, a federally funded initiative, extends financial aid to eligible Colorado families, seniors, and individuals, covering a portion of their winter home heating costs.
This program operates from November through April, aiding in heating cost payment, equipment repair, and replacement of inoperable heating tools. Canyon Cares does its best to amplify this program so that every household we serve can enjoy warmth and comfort despite their financial hurdles.
Eligibility for LEAP is primarily income-based, with the threshold set at 60% of the state median income. The exact benefit amount varies depending on several factors, including the primary heating fuel costs and income. Applicants must also provide proof of lawful presence in the U.S., with specific identification requirements detailed on the LEAP website. Find out more here – https://cdhs.colorado.gov/leap
Applying for LEAP is a streamlined process, with applications accepted between November and April. Prospective applicants can apply online, download an application form, or request a paper application. In case of a heating emergency, a phone call to 1-866-HEAT-HELP initiates the application process. The website offers a comprehensive checklist ensuring applicants submit all necessary documentation, expediting the approval process.
Canyon Cares plays a role in connecting eligible individuals with LEAP, providing information. This collaboration mirrors a broader ethos of community care, ensuring everyone has a warm and safe winter.
While we have no official partnership with the program, we feel that spreading the word this time of year embodies a community standing together against the grasp of financial hardship. With every approved application, the warmth spreads, symbolizing hope and shared resilience in the face of adversity.
For those seeking to secure assistance through LEAP, visit the Colorado Department of Human Services website or contact Canyon Cares for guidance. Together, we can ensure that no Coloradoan is left out in the cold.