Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) 

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.

While the program is not intended to pay the entire cost of home heating, we aim to help alleviate some of the burdens that come with Colorado's colder months. Please call 719 383 3168 or come to the Courthouse room 102 to pick up your application today. You may also obtain an application at:

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/how-do-i-apply

More information can be obtained by calling 383-3168 or by visiting https://sites.google.com/a/state.co.us/cdhs-leap/

LEAP applications, in both English and Spanish, are available in Room 102 of the Otero County courthouse or at the state web site.

Please note that applications from the state web site is not available until November 1 of each program year.

In most cases, if you are approved for LEAP, payments are made directly to your primary heating fuel vendor and a notice will be sent to you informing you of the benefit amount.

Other benefits provided by LEAP include repair or replacement of a home's primary heating system, such as a furnace or wood-burning stove.

Applications can be submitted in person, by mail, email or fax: 
Crisis Intervention Program:  If you are eligible for LEAP, you may qualify for emergency help such as repair or replacement of your primary heating system.  If you have this type of emergency you must contact 1-855-HEATHELP (1-855-462-8435). 
To qualify for LEAP you must:
Guidelines for 2020-2021 Program Year 
*Program starts November 1, 2020. Otero County will not be handing out any applications until November 1.

 HOUSEHOLD SIZE

 MAXIMUM GROSS MONTHLY INCOME (60% of State Median Income)

 1

$2,691

 2

$3,425

 3

$4,231

 4

$5,038

 5

 $5,844

 6

$6,650

 7

$6,801

 8

$6,952

 EACH ADDITIONAL PERSON

 add $151

 ** Verification of Lawful Presence
LEAP applicants must provide a readable copy of one of the following valid identifications:
  1. A Colorado driver's license or a Colorado identification card
  2. A United States military ID or military dependent's card
  3. A United States Merchant Mariner card
  4. A Native American Tribal document
  5. Any other document authorized by rules adopted by the Department of Revenue