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News in Brief

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

PITKIN COUNTY – The Low Income Energy Assistance Program, providing help with home energy bills, is available for eligible households beginning Nov. 1 and continuing through April 30, 2011.

A household may qualify for LEAP assistance if anyone in the household is a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, pays heating costs directly to an energy provider or through a rent payment, and if the household’s gross monthly income is within established income guidelines.

The maximum gross monthly household income limit is based on the number of eligible household members. For a one-person household, for example, the limit is $1,670. For a four-person household, it’s $3,400, and for an eight-person household, it’s $5,706.

Each qualified household may receive only one LEAP benefit for the entire season. Many factors, such as income, the type of heat being used, type of dwelling and number of people in the household, are considered before an amount is awarded to an applicant.

County residents may pick up applications at the Pitkin County Health and Human Services office in Aspen or the Eagle County Health and Human Services office in El Jebel. For more information, contact Health and Human Services at 704-2760, or call Heat Help at 1-866-432-8435 to request an application by mail.

ASPEN – The Aspen Community Foundation recently awarded YouthZone $20,000 for the 2010-11 school year. According to Debbie Wilde, executive director, the grant will be used to provide school-based intervention and prevention programs from Aspen to Parachute.

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YouthZone is a 501(c)3 private nonprofit dedicated to providing opportunities for all youth to be responsible, contributing members of society. Through prevention, advocacy and direct services, YouthZone strives to enhance the quality of life for families in our communities.

The grant from Aspen Community Foundation will give the group additional resources to provide programs for students at a reduced fee. YouthZone has received more than $75,000 in the past five years from Aspen Community Foundation’s Donor Advised Funds.

For more information, visit http://www.aspencommunityfoundation.org or call (970) 923-9300.