Montrose County Health and Human Services Division will accept Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) applications from November 1st through April 30th, 2019. 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 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and managed locally by Montrose County Health and Human Services.
The amount of the energy assistance benefits 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.
To be eligible for benefits, households must pay heating costs directly to a utility company or fuel supplier, or pay heating costs as part of their rent. If heat is included in your rent and you do not live in subsidized housing, you may qualify for LEAP. The program counts your gross monthly income. Household gross income may not exceed 165 percent of the federal poverty guidelines--the maximum gross monthly income for a one person household for the 2018-2019 LEAP season is $1670.
If you are interested in receiving LEAP benefits, you must fill out a LEAP application. Applications will be available November 1, 2018, unless an application was received in the mail. Applications may be obtained through your local LEAP office at the Montrose County Health and Human Service building at 1845 South Townsend Avenue starting November 1st. Applicants are required to submit a copy of their most recent heating bill or rent receipt (if heat is included in rent) and proof of income, along with a VALID Colorado ID or driver’s license. For more information regarding LEAP, call Health and Human Services (HHS) at 970-252-5000, visit the LEAP website, stop in to HHS offices at 1845 South Townsend Avenue, or call the HEAT HELP Hotline at 1-866-432-8435.