Craig Briefs: LEAP benefits to begin Monday |

Craig Briefs: LEAP benefits to begin Monday

The Moffat County Department of Social Services Low Income Energy Assistance Program will be processing applications from Monday through April 30, 2011.

LEAP is designed to help low-income households meet their winter home heating costs; it does not pay the entire cost of home heating. For most households, LEAP benefits will be paid directly to the utility company or fuel supplier.

To be eligible for benefits, households must pay heating costs to a utility company or fuel supplier or pay heating costs as part of their rent. Household income may not exceed 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

The maximum monthly income for a household of one is $1,670, a household of two is $2,246, a household of three is $2,823 per month and so on.

Resources such as bank accounts, property and vehicles are not considered. Applicants must meet and provide documentation for citizenship/alien status and state residency requirements.

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Those interested in receiving LEAP benefits should fill out a LEAP application. Households currently receiving other benefits administered by Social Services or that have received LEAP benefits the prior year will be mailed an application.

Beginning Monday, the application will be available online at or applicants can request one by calling 1-866-432-8435.

Applicants are required to submit a copy of their most recent heating bill or a rent receipt, proof of income for the current or previous month, and a copy of their current picture ID.

For more information regarding LEAP, call 1-866-432-8435 toll free.

Road department announces closure

Moffat County Road 206 (Highland Drive) will be temporarily closed at the intersection of county roads 206 and 33 (Knez Divide) beginning at 8 a.m. Monday for culvert replacement, the Moffat County Road Department announced.

The road will reopen no later than 4 p.m. Nov. 19.

For more information, call the road department at 824-3211.

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