Energy assistance available through April 30 in Eagle County
EAGLE COUNTY – Residents may still apply for the Low-income Energy Assistance Program until April 30. This annual financial assistance program, which runs Nov. 1 through April 30 each winter, is designed to aid in reducing low-income household energy bills by paying a portion of the cost of home heating. Applications are due no later than April 30 and can be picked up and turned in at Eagle County Health & Human Services Offices in Avon at 100 W. Beaver Creek Blvd. or Eagle at 500 Broadway St. “With the ever-increasing cost of heating, the LEAP program is one way to help households stretch their money,” said Kathleen Lyons, economic and aging services director for Eagle County Health & Human Services.Lyons says families with children, individuals with special needs and senior citizens are among the most vulnerable to excessive cold temperatures.Each qualified home may receive only one benefit, or subsidy, for the entire season. If a household has already applied and received a benefit this season, they should not re-apply. Many factors such as income, the type of heat being used and number of people in the household are considered before money is awarded. Even though the winter heating season is winding down, households that have fallen behind on heating bills may still apply, and if eligible, a LEAP benefit could be applied to past due.For more information, contact Eagle County Health & Human Services at 970-328-8840 or call Heat Help at 1-866-432-8435 to request an application by mail. For a list of income requirements, visit http://www.cdhs.state.co.us/leap/.