Index: Economy / Subcategory: Individual

Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)

Date updated: 12/17/2012

Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) is a program designed to help low income households with winter home heating costs. If a household is eligible for LEAP, it may also qualify for help such as minor furnace repair or replacement of broken windows. Households must submit a written application during the LEAP season (November 1 - April 30). Information in this data page is presented by Fiscal Year Ending [FYE], which corresponds to the end of the LEAP season in April. Funds are provided by the federal government and the Colorado Energy Assistance Foundation (CEAF), a non-profit organization. See Colorado Department of Human Services for more information about LEAP.

What this chart shows: Total Number of Approved/Denied Applicants for LEAP Assistance in Larimer County, FYE2003-FYE2012

Data Source: Colorado Department of Human Services LEAP office (data not available online)

See data table

What this chart shows: Average Dollar Amount of LEAP Benefits per Household in Larimer County, FYE2003-FYE2012

Data Source: Colorado Department of Human Services LEAP office (data not available online)

See data table

What this chart shows: Minimum/Maximum Amount of LEAP Benefits Received in Larimer County, FYE2003-FYE2012

Data Source: Colorado Department of Human Services LEAP office (data not available online)

See data table

What the above data tell us:

From FYE 2003 to FYE 2012, the number of Larimer County households submitting applications for heating assistance increased 43%, with a corresponding percentage increase (41%) of approved applications. On average, approximately 16% of applicant households are denied benefits each year. At the height of the recession, LEAP applications rose to between 7,600 and 7,800 before dropping 18% in 2012 to 6,400.

The two most common reasons for denial of benefits in FYE 2012 were:

The eligibility guidelines are adjusted each year to reflect 185% of the Federal Poverty Level. Beginning in FY 2007, an additional requirement was added in response to Colorado House Bill 1023, a law dealing with illegal immigration. All LEAP applicants were required to provide a picture ID and sign an affidavit regarding United States residency.

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Data Table:

Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) - Larimer County

Denied Applications

Approved Applications

Total Number of Applications

Average Amount of LEAP Benefit per household

Minimum Benefit

Maximum Benefit

FYE 2003

784 3,683 4,467 $260.54

$165

$700

FYE 2004

1,003 4,692 5,695 $270.03

$138

$700

FYE 2005

918 4,972 5,890 $323.00

$177

$700

FYE 2006

1,169 5,561 6,730 $500.00

$221

$900

FYE 2007

1,102 5,114 6,216 $282.13

$165

$700

FYE 2008

909 5,121 6,032 $382.57

$175

$900

FYE 2009

985 5,595 6,580 $555.45

$497

$999

FYE 2010

1,167 6,479 7,646 $468.11

$403

$1,000

FYE 2011

1,150 6,657 7,807 $331.93

$200

$900

FYE 2012

1,210 5,196 6,406 $330.00

$200

$700

See chart - Number of LEAP Applications

See chart - Average Amount of LEAP Benefits

See chart - Range in Amount of Benefits