Littleton, CO, November 23, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Software firm Efficient Forms has released an online version of Colorado’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program Application (LEAP)
, a move that will likely speed the process for thousands of Colorado Residents. The program, often referred to as LEAP, assists families with their heating bills during Colorado’s coldest months.
The idea to provide this functionality for free was the brainchild of Efficient Forms’s CEO David Kenney after seeing a recent television report on the program. “The LEAP program is obviously very popular, and is very important. We saw lines of people waiting just to fill out an application. Hopefully by having the application online, residents will be able to show up, prepared, or skip the line all together by faxing or mailing in the application.”
Many Colorado residents do not realize they may be eligible for LEAP — especially those who have never considered accepting public assistance. However, with the access and ease provided by an online application, residents are encouraged to check to see if they may be eligible. As an example, a family of four could potentially qualify if they have a maximum gross monthly income of $3,400 (Source: http://www.cdhs.state.co.us/LEAP/).
Tracey Stewart, Economic Self-Sufficiency Project Coordinator at Denver-based Colorado Center on Law and Policy applauds this privately funded outreach effort: “If, as we have discovered, paperwork is the biggest obstacle to families receiving necessary financial assistance for basic needs, then the LEAP online application process is a first step to keeping families warm and housed this winter. Being in warm, safe, stable housing is fundamental to moving out of financial crisis and towards economic self-sufficiency. A policy that supports an easier application process is a policy that supports family economic security in Colorado.”
Efficient Forms specializes in breaking complex paperwork down into a simple online process. The company has seen great success across the United States, helping families apply for the Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and countless more programs. Kenney feels offering this service for free is a great way for his employees to help out this holiday season. “Last year our employees gathered food for a local food bank. This year we really wanted to offer a service that could leverage the collective talent of our team.”
The online application is not sponsored by Colorado LEAP, but uses the exact forms a resident would receive if he or she visited a local outreach office. At the end of the online interview, the family is asked to bring in the completed application or fax or mail with required supporting documentation.The Colorado LEAP application can be found at www.seamlesscompassion.org/leap
About Efficient Forms: Efficient Forms, LLC, creator of benefits-application product Seamless Compassion, specializes in business forms and data collection automation solutions. The company uses proprietary patent-pending technology that introduces a new approach to data collection, forms-completion and process workflow. With customers in many industries including Insurance, Financial Services, Human Resources and Compliance; Efficient Forms' Web-based product suite provides timely, economical solutions for businesses. For more information visit www.efficientforms.com.
For more information contact Scot Talcott, (303) 720-6755.