Heating Assistance

More help is on the way for low-income families and seniors faced with rising heating bills.

Governor Owens signed a bill yesterday providing $20 million for the state's Low-Income Energy Assistance Program. The state estimates that as many as 105,000 families will get help from the program this winter, up nine percent from last winter.

This year the average payout is expected to be $500, up from $200 last year.

Coloradans will also be able to make donations to support the program when they pay their utility bills starting by September because of a bill passed last year. Some companies may start asking customers for donations before that.

To apply for LEAP assistance, call 1-866-HEAT HELP.