Most Coloradoans experienced sticker shock when they received their gas and electric bill in November and December. Much of the increase in the monthly bill was the result of the higher costs of gas paid by the utility companies in the past year, as well as some rate increases approved by the Public Utilities Commission.
Fortunately, more people will qualify for LEAP, or utility assistance this year. While LEAP is not intended to cover the entire cost of your electric bill, more people are eligible than in previous years. To be eligible a single person must have income of less than $2880/mo (couple $3,766/mo). If you live in a multi-generational household, you should count the income of the family unit. For example, if a mother lives with her daughter and son-in-law and the daughter do not claim the mother as a dependent on her income tax, the mother can claim LEAP as a single household providing, she pays rent and utilities are included in the rental agreement and she meets the income guideline.
LEAP applications can be made online at Colorado PEAK website, or a paper application in English and Spanish can be mailed to the agency in your county that is processing applications. For an application or where to send the application, call our office.
Along with the application, you must submit a copy of your lawful ID, social security and birth dates of all individuals in the household, proof of income such as Social Security and/or pay stubs, and utility bills or rent receipt showing utilities are included in the rent. All applications must be signed.
If you have any questions, call 303-333-3482 or 1-855-293-6911 (toll free) or 1-866-880-4777 (Spanish).