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MESA COUNTY, Colo. — Mesa County residents can now apply for the 2020-2021 LEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program) season. Applications will be taken through April 30th. 

LEAP is designed to help individuals and families with winter heating costs. LEAP is not intended to pay the entire cost of home heating. 

Community members are encouraged to apply on-line from any device at www.colorado.gov/PEAK or by phone by calling 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435). Paper applications are also available at the Mesa County Department of Human Services, 510 29 ½ Road, Grand Junction, CO 81504 or by calling 970-241-8480. 

“Something as seemingly simple as paying the heat bill can pose a significant challenge when income is limited or non-existent,” said Michelle Trujillo, Director of Economic Assistance with the Mesa County Department of Human Services. “Fortunately, there are public assistance programs in place to help income-eligible families in need,” added Trujillo. Residents applying for LEAP benefits must meet eligibility requirements and income guidelines. 

The application period runs from November 1st through April 30th. If applicants are financially eligible to receive LEAP benefits, the payment will be sent directly to the provider and will show as a credit on the applicants’ heat bill. LEAP benefits are the same regardless of when the application is processed.

For additional information regarding LEAP benefits please call Heat Help at 1-866-HEAT-HELP or 1-866-432-8435. We also encourage you to visit the Colorado LEAP website at https://www.colorado.gov/cdhs/LEAP.

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