PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY

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.

It is not intended to pay the entire cost of home heating, but rather to help alleviate some of the burden associated with the colder months.

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If your income is up to 165% of the federal poverty index, you may qualify for heating assistance this winter through LEAP.

The amount of the energy assistance benefit varies depending on a variety of factors, including the primary heating fuel costs and income. The program does not provide financial assistance for any type of temporary or portable heating. In most cases the energy assistance benefit is paid directly to the household energy supplier. 


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. 
  • Provide proof of lawful presence in the U.S. Valid forms of identification include: 
    • Colorado Driver’s License or Colorado Identification card 
    • United States Military Identification Card or Military Dependent’s Identification card 
    • United States Coast Guard Merchant Mariner card 
    • Native American Tribal document 
  • Earn a maximum family household income that does not exceed 165% of the federal poverty index. 

Use the table below to determine your monthly gross income according to your household size. Household refers to all people living with you and for whom you are financially responsible. 
   
HOUSEHOLD SIZE
MAXIMUM GROSS MONTHLY INCOME
1 $ 1,658
2 $ 2,233
3 $ 2,808
4 $ 3,383
5 $ 3,958
6 $ 4,532
7 $ 5,107
8 $ 5,682
For each additional person over 8 add $575

LEAP pays the highest benefits to those with the highest primary heating fuel costs. 

In most cases, if you are approved for LEAP, payments are made directly to your primary heating fuel vendor and a notice will be sent to you informing you of the benefit amount. 

Other benefits provided by LEAP include repair or replacement of a home’s primary heating system, such as a furnace or wood-burning stove.