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Summer Energy Assistance (formerly known as Heat Wave Help)  helps people afford a portion of their summer utility bills and helps pay for heating and cooling device repairs when no other organization is able to assist. This program runs from July 1 through September 30.

Qualifying households can receive up to $200 for utility costs or up to $1,000 for heating or cooling appliance repairs including fans. This program is funded by Xcel Energy and Denver Human Services.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be a Denver County resident and reside at the home that you are asking for energy assistance.
  • Your gross wages (income before taxes) must below 225% Federal Poverty level income guidelines according to household size
  • Your gross income for the last four weeks cannot exceed 225% Federal Poverty Level:
Household Size Maximum Monthly Income
1 $2,276
2 $3,086
3 $3,896
4 $4,706
5 $5,516
6 $6,326
7 $7,136
8 $7,946

If heating or cooling repairs/installations are needed, you must apply for the Crisis Intervention Program, 1-866-HEAT-HELP (866-432-8435), and be denied before your application will be approved. Please note that individuals are only eligible for furnace/AC or water heater replacements/repair once every five years.


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