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The struggle to stay warm is real for some in the winter

Posted at 6:22 AM, Nov 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-05 11:29:35-05

Now that the cold weather has set in, if you’re struggling to pay your utility bill, help is available.

LEAP applications are now open to the public and that’s not the only option.

We all know turning up that heat can also hike up your bill. If you’re concerned about not being able to pay that utility bill now is the time to get help.

Here are some options! LEAP is a federally funded program that helps with a portion of your heating costs.
You do have to fill out an application which can be faxed, mailed, or delivered in person!

You can download an application from www.DiscoverMyGoodwill.org/LEAP or www.colorado.gov/cdhs/LEAP. You can also pick up an application from Colorado Springs Utilities Customer Service (111 S. Cascade Ave.) or the El Paso County Department of Human Services (1675 W. Garden of the Gods Rd.)

You can scan and email your application to Leaphelp@discovermygoodwill.org or mail your application to LEAP, P.O. Box 39200, Colorado Springs, CO 80949. You can also drop it off at the Colorado Springs Utilities Customer Service Center at 111 S. Cascade Ave.

Colorado Springs Utilities also offers budget billing, so you can spread your payments out throughout the year.

Project Cope can also help you pay those bills! In 2017 they assisted over 2,500 households.
It’s not income dependent and is open to anyone who can’t make ends meet.

“Whether it’s because of a medical emergency, job loss, or because they’re on a fix income and rents and mortgage payments are rising very quickly in this community, a lot of people don’t realize that rent and utilities are tied together,” said April Speake with Colorado Springs Utilities. “If you lose your utilities you’re at a higher risk of being evicted as well.”

In Pueblo, the Black Hills Energy Assistance Program helps people with low-incomes. To be eligible, you must be a LEAP participant.