Applications available for energy assistance

Applications are available in Mesa County for the low-income energy assistance program (LEAP).

The program offers assistance to individuals and families to pay winter heating costs.

“Something as seemingly simple as paying the heating bill can pose a significant challenge when income is limited or non-existent,” said Michelle Trujillo, director of economic assistance with the Mesa County Department of Human Services. “Fortunately, there are public assistance programs in place to help income-eligible families in need.”

Sarah Robinson, program integration manager for Mesa County Public Health, agreed. “We know there’s additional financial stress for many families in the winter months. Utilization of programs like LEAP can help ensure our community is protected and healthy.”

Residents applying for LEAP benefits must meet eligibility requirements and income guidelines. If applicants are financially eligible to receive LEAP benefits, payments will be sent directly to utilities and show up as credits on the applicants’ bills.

The LEAP application period runs through April 30.

Applications are available at the Mesa County Health and Human Services building located at 510 29 1/2 Road in Grand Junction.

Information also is available by calling (866) 432-8435 or visiting the website at  www.colorado.gov/cdhs/LEAP.