Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
The LEAP season starts November 1 and runs through April 30
The Garfield County Department of Human Services Low-income Energy Assistance Program is now administered by Discover Goodwill. The current process for submitting a LEAP application for the 2018-2019 season is shown below. Please read the instructions carefully. The LEAP season starts November 1 and runs through April 30.
Get an application
After November 1, customers can call 1-866-HEAT HELP to request that an application be mailed to them. For questions, please contact the call center at Discover Goodwill 1-888-775-5327.
Residents may also pick up a LEAP application at Garfield County Department of Human Services offices in Glenwood Springs or Rifle after November 1.
Submit an application
Completed LEAP applications can be faxed, mailed, or emailed to Discover Goodwill. Applications are processed according to the date they are received and may take up to 50 days to process a non-emergency application. Use our application checklist to help expedite your application!
P.O. Box 39200
Colorado Springs, CO 80949
Phone: 719-633-9098 or 719-442-2078
If you received LEAP last year and still reside at the same address, a LEAP application packet will be mailed to you on or before November 1. Please use the return business-reply envelope provided in the packet to submit your application.
Please make sure that you answer all questions on the application accurately and provide all requested documentation/verification with your completed application. On page 4 of the application you will find a consent to disclose customer data and signature and consent. Make sure that you read, complete, sign and date this page. Failure to provide a complete application and submit required verification will delay the processing timeframe.
Continue paying your heat bill, as LEAP assistance will not pay your entire bill!
Processing your LEAP application takes time, so you must keep your account current by making a payment towards your heat bill on time to avoid disruption of service. If you receive a shut-off notice, have had your heating service disconnected, or have questions about your application, please contact our call center at 1-888-775-LEAP (1-888-775-5327). Estimated home heating costs and household income determine the amount of LEAP assistance. When an application for LEAP assistance has been approved, the local utility company is contacted, and payment is forwarded to it.
For more information regarding LEAP, please call 1-866-HEAT HELP (1-866-432-8435) or visit the Colorado Department of 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.
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.
Qualify for heating assistance
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
- Sign the affidavit on page three of the application.
- Earn a maximum family household income that does not exceed 165% of the federal poverty index.
|Household size||Monthly gross income
165% of poverty level
|Each additional person||$594|
Additional heating assistance
If you are eligible for LEAP, you may also qualify for other benefits listed below.
The Crisis Intervention Program operates year-round and provides assistance with the repair or replacement of the home’s primary heating system such as a furnace or wood-burning stove.
Energy Outreach Colorado
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 Energy Office Weatherization Assistance Program
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.
Property Tax/Rent/Heat Credit (PTC) rebate