LEAP is designed to help low-income households meet their winter home heating costs; it does not pay the entire cost of home heating. LEAP is a federally funded program made available to Coloradans through the Colorado Department of Human Services. The program is administered locally at Gunnison Health and Human Services.
To be eligible for benefits:
Households must pay heating costs to a utility company or fuel supplier, or pay heating costs as part of their rent
Household income may not exceed 60% of the State Median Income
In addition to LEAP, Bill Payment Assistance can also be accessed through Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC), a statewide non-profit organization. Energy Outreach Colorado’s funding comes from contributions from the energy industry as well as from individual energy consumers. More information on EOC Bill Payment Assistance can be found while applying for LEAP.
Gunnison Valley Regional Housing Authority - GVHEAT
The Gunnison Valley Home Energy Advancement Team (GVHEAT) is a program from the Gunnison Valley Regional Housing Authority specifically designed to help households in Gunnison County reduce their energy costs and make their homes safe, livable, and affordable. Visit the GVHEAT website. GV-Heat provides home energy assessments and improvements at a free or reduced cost for qualified homeowners and renters by using utility rebates and program funding. GV-Heat will work with you to identify and implement home energy efficiency upgrades that will reduce your home energy costs and increase your home’s comfort. They will help you find low-to-no-cost solutions that work for your family and help you select experienced, professional home assessors and contractors. Examples of Eligible Upgrades Include:
LED lighting upgrades
Other improvements identified in the home energy assessment