Eligible residents can apply for help with winter costs

Assistance on heating costs, furnace repairs offered through April

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Douglas County residents who need help with winter heating costs may apply for energy assistance through the State of Colorado's Low-Income Energy Assistance Program.

The program is seasonal, and help is available through April 30. While the program will not pay for all winter heating expenses, it will pay a minimum of $250 for those who are eligible. Learn more about applying at www.douglas.co.us/community/housing-and-energy-assistance.

All LEAP applications are processed by Discover Goodwill of Central and Southern Colorado, one of the county's community-based partners. Questions or completed LEAP applications should be sent via email to LEAPHELP@discovermygoodwill.org.

A separate application will be processed by Discover Goodwill for help with furnace repairs or home weatherization from Energy Outreach Colorado. For information, go to www.energyoutreach.org.

Utility customers of Black Hills, Xcel, Atmos, or Colorado Natural Gas applying for LEAP or EOC will also have to complete a consent form. The signed consent form allows Discover Goodwill to talk to your utility company. Consent forms (if applicable) may be emailed to LeapHelp@discovermygoodwill.org.

LEAP and EOC applications may be completed at https://coloradopeak.secure.force.com, or paper forms can be obtained from the Department of Human Services, 4400 Castleton Court in Castle Rock; Help and Hope Center, 1638 Park St. in Castle Rock; and Parker Task Force, 19105 Longs Way in Parker.

A postage-paid envelope will be provided with the paper application or you may email the application and other required documentation to LeapHelp@discovermygoodwill.org.

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