Colorado

FY 2014/2015 Low-Income Energy Programs
Federal | State | Utility | Charitable

Federal

LIHEAP Contact
Public Inquiries: 1-866-432-8435
Website

Local LIHEAP Administering Agency Contacts
List of contacts

Weatherization Assistance Program
Local Administering Agency Contacts
Website

LIHEAP FY 2014 Funding
$46,377,830

LIHEAP Income Eligibility
150% Federal Poverty Level

LIHEAP FY 2015 Benefit
Heating: $300 minimum, $1,300 maximum
Crisis: $1,300 maximum

LIHEAP Households Served (Estimate for FY 2013 Heating)
96,000

LIHEAP Program Dates
Heating: November 1 - April 30
Crisis: Year-round

State

Low-Income Rate Assistance

Property Tax, Rent, and Heat Rebate
Operated through the state Department of Revenue, allows tax rebates for home heating payments to residents at least 65 years old, surviving spouses at least 58 years old, or to disabled. The income limit for single households is $11,000, for married couples, $14,700. Qualified applicants can receive a rebate of up to $600 of their property tax and $192 directly or as part of their rent payments, by filing the Property Tax/ Rent/Heat Rebate Application Form 104PTC. [39-31-101 C.R.S.] The application is available at any Taxpayer Service Center statewide or at www.revenue.state.co.us/TPS_Dir/wrap.asp?incl=forms_download.
303-238-3278
www.revenue.state.co.us/taxstatutesregs/incomeindex/ptc.html

Utility

Black Hills Energy
Black Hills Energy Assistance Program (BHEAP)
Provides bill-payment assistance and educates customers on ways to manage their monthly electric bill. Eligibility is based on household income and federal poverty guidelines. BHEAP will accept applications from electric customers at or below 150 percent of federal poverty levels. To participate in the BHEAP program, a customer also must enroll in Black Hills Energy’s budget billing program and participate in the company's no-cost energy efficiency and weatherization programs. Applications are available by calling the Black Hills customer service center at 888-890-5554 and in Pueblo at the Black Hills Energy Service Center, 105 S. Victoria Avenue, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Low-Income Energy Assistance Program agencies also can provide the application.

Low-Income Energy Efficiency

Black Hills Energy
Weatherization Program
If you qualify for federal low-income assistance, then you may also qualify for the Weatherization Program offered by Black Hills Energy and the The Governor's Energy Office. This program provides free funding for home improvements such as space and water heating equipment upgrades, insulation, low flow showerheads and faucet aerators. Weatherization improvements which are covered by Black Hills Energy funding include:

Apply for this program contact your local agency.
www.blackhillsenergy.com/services/programs/homes-lowincome-co.php#weatherization

 

Home Energy Resources
Homeowners and renters may be eligible for our no cost weatherization and furnace services. We serve homes in El Paso, Elbert, Douglas, Fremont and Teller Counties. If your home has not been previously weatherized and if you meet the income guidelines you may call us at 719-591-0772.
www.erc-co.org/

Emergency Charitable Assistance

Please note these charitable funds are last resort emergency funds with limited resources and limited times of operation.

Energy Outreach Colorado
Utility Assistance Program
Distributes energy assistance dollars year round through 78 community-based organizations at 93 sites reaching all 64 Colorado counties. The funds provide emergency fuel bill assistance for Colorado's low-income households facing an energy crisis. Click here to find a local agency.
www.energyoutreach.org

Atmos Energy
Sharing the Warmth
Customer donations combine with company donations to help people pay their gas bills. All donations go directly to local people in need that meet criteria established by each individual program's guidelines. To contact the energy assistance agency in your area visit www.atmosenergy.com/faq/eaa.html

Black Hills Energy
Black Hills Cares
The Black Hills Cares Energy Assistance Program provides funds to help people with their energy bills or emergency energy-related expenses. Black Hills Energy matches customer and employee contributions, dollar-for-dollar. Local assistance agencies determine eligibility and distribute funds.
www.blackhillsenergy.com/community/initiatives/assistance/

Boulder County
Senior Heat + Program
Boulder County residents age 60 and older who previously were ineligible for LIHEAP because of income limits may be able to get help with this past winter's heating bills through a new county Senior Heat + Program, which has gross monthly income limits of $1,670 for an individual or $2,246 for a couple. April 30 is the deadline for applying for the program. Contact Amy Armstrong at 303-678-6007 or email at aarmstrong@bouldercounty.org.

City of Fountain
Lighten the Load
Bill payment limited to $150 once per year for water, electricity or wastewater. Must have disconnect notice. Apply at Pikes Peak Community Action Agency.
719-471-7870
www.fountaincolorado.org/department/division.asp?fDD=21-142

City of Longmont
COPE
Utility bill payment assistance. Must apply for LEAP first and have a disconnect notice. Contact OUR Center, 303-772-5529.
www.ourcenter.org/content/services/basic-needs

City of Loveland Water and Power Department
Help a Neighbor in Distress (HAND)
The HAND project helps qualified applicants avoid a loss of service due to an unpaid City utility bill. Qualified applicants are given a voucher to pay their City utility bill. HAND, administered by the House of Neighborly Services, is funded by the City of Loveland Water and Power Department and community contributions.
970-962-2111 or E-mail

Colorado Springs Utility Company
Citizens Option to Provide Energy (COPE)
Project COPE is funded by donations from citizen-owners who work closely with Care & Share Inc. and its network agencies to manage the program and administer funds to families in need. To be eligible for Project COPE assistance, you:

Eligible customers may receive one-time Project COPE assistance annually. For a referral to a Project COPE agency near you, call 2-1-1.
www.projectcopecs.org/get_help.htm

Delta Montrose Electric Association
Operation Roundup
Customer donations help individuals and organizations in the community. An application is available online.
970-249-4572
www.dmea.com/community/operation-roundup

Fort Collins Utilities
Payment Assistance Fund
Customers with a shut off notice are eligible for help through the Payment Assistance Fund.To apply, take your shut off notice to the Mission at Catholic Charities Northern, 460 Linden Center Dr., on Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. An intake worker with the emergency assistance program will interview you and contact Fort Collins Utilities for information about your account. If you qualify and there is money available, assistance will be granted. This assistance is available once during a 12-month period and will be credited directly to your utility account.
970-484-5010
www.fcgov.com/utilities/pay-assistance.php

Mountain Parks Electric, Inc.
Operation Roundup
Customer donations fund a charitable trust. Funds are then distributed to needy individuals and families and to non-profit organizations through a grant application process.
970-887-3378
www.mpei.com/

Mountain View Electric Association, Inc.
Round-Up
Customer donations are distributed to needy individuals and families and to non-profit organizations through a grant application process. Applications are available on the website or
call Judith at 719-495-2283 or 800-388-9881.
www.mvea.org/roundUp.aspx

Yampa Valley Electric
Caring Consumers
Caring Consumers is funded by customers that round up electric bills to the next highest dollar. An appointed board of directors, comprised of citizens from within the YVEA service territory, determines who receives assistance funds from the foundation.
970-871-2231
http://www.yvea.com/content/caring-consumers-program

Page last updated: September 30, 2014