Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
LEAP is designed to help low-income households meet their winter home heating costs; it does not pay the entire cost of home heating. LEAP is a federally funded program made available through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. LEAP also receives funding from Energy Outreach Colorado, a local non-profit organization. Energy Outreach Colorado's funding comes from contributions from the energy industry as well as from individual energy consumers.
To be eligible for benefits, households must pay heating costs to a utility company or fuel supplier, or pay heating costs as part of their rent. Household income may not exceed 185% of the federal poverty guidelines. (In 2008, the maximum monthly income for a one-person household is $1,604).
Members interested in receiving LEAP benefits, must fill out a LEAP application. In addition to the application form, applicants must submit a copy of their most recent heating bill or rent receipt that shows a specific amount paid every month for heating costs (if heat is included in the rent), proof of income for all members of the household who work, a signed affidavit, and a copy of a valid Colorado picture ID.
The Gunnison/Hinsdale Department of Human Services accepts applications from November through April each year. GCEA members may obtain applications by calling 970-641-3244 or 1-866-432-8435.