DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s Low-Income Energy Assistance Program will stop accepting applications on Saturday until next November, but nonprofit organizations are helping fill the gap.

The nonprofit Energy Outreach will continue to provide energy assistance to limited-income seniors and families year-round through its network of 130 assistance organizations across the state.

Energy Outreach is distributing an additional $1.4 million this week in energy assistance funding through organizations such as Salvation Army, Catholic Charities and Seniors Resource Center to help low-income residents pay their winter heating bills.

The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program administers federal aid through the Colorado Department of Human Services from November through April. Energy Outreach raises additional assistance funds through more than 18,000 individual, corporate and foundation donors, and then distributes this funding through its network.

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