Low-income Energy Assistance Program taking applications

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- With winter just around the corner, there’s a state program that could help keep low-income families warm.

LEAP, or the Low-income Energy Assistance Program, is now taking applications from people that are having trouble paying for their utility bills.

Something new this year, you can now apply for help online.

The program does not fully pay the bill, but can offer help based on household income.

“Oh, it's wonderful. People love the program. It actually gives them credit on their Xcel bill, if its Xcel. If they have propane, they get money to help them pay for the propane, and it’s a lifesaver for most families," said LEAP Eligibility Technician, Esther Lucero-Cardona.

The Mesa County Department of Human Services says it usually takes between 30 and 60 days for the paperwork to process, but if you’re worried your heat might be shut off earlier than that, there are emergency applications available.

For info, go here: colorado.gov/cdhs/leap

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