Get help applying for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
How to get started
Colder weather often brings higher energy bills, and that can make it hard to keep up. That's where federal funding through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, comes in. LIHEAP provides energy assistance to households with limited incomes.
Start the process by contacting your local community action agency for an appointment. Below, you'll find the resources you need for your appointment.
Applications for households with members 60+ or disabled individuals are open Oct. 1 - Mar. 31; General applications for all other households are open Dec. 1 - March 31.
To qualify, you must meet each of the following:
- Be responsible for paying your home's heating and cooling costs
- Be a United States citizen or legal resident
- Have $3,000 or less in bank accounts, retirement accounts and investments
- Meet specific income guidelines - shown below.
Below are the documents you need to complete the application process:
- Current heating bill (natural gas, propane, electric, fuel oil, wood or kerosene)
- Current electric bill
- Copies of social security cards for all household members as well as their birth dates (if your household currently receives food stamps, only the social security numbers and birth dates are required)
- Copies of income documentation such as paystubs for the prior month, current award letters, pension statements, etc. (if your household currently receives food stamps, your income documentation is not required)
- A copy of your shut off notice if your account is in disconnect status
2020 federal monthly income guidelines:
|Household size||135% FPL||151% FPL||185% FPL||200% FPL||250% FPL|
FPL: Federal poverty level
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