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LiHEAP Florida

LIHEAP in Florida

LIHEAP is a federal low-income program designed to help energy customers maintain utility accounts that supply heating and cooling for the home. Florida LIHEAP offers an open enrollment period so residents can apply for acceptance and funding any time of year. Florida provides support for both heating and cooling. Most LIHEAP programs also offer crisis assistance for families in dire need facing service interruption. Florida LIHEAP works with local utility companies; supplying payment, but those same utility companies often offer additional support above and beyond the LIHEAP support. Utility companies working with LIHEAP include:

  • City of Electric System, Key West
  • City of Lake Worth Utilities
  • City of Leesburg
  • City of Tallahassee
  • Clay Electric Co-Op
  • Florida Keys Electric Co-Op
  • Florida Light & Power
  • Fort Pierce Authority
  • Gainesville Regional Utilities
  • Glades Electric Co-Op
  • Gulf Power
  • JEA
  • Kissimmee Utility
  • Lakeland Electric
  • Ocala Electric
  • Orlando Utilities Commission
  • Progress Energy
  • Sumter Electric Co-Op
  • Tampa Electric
  • Withlacoochee River Electric Co-Op

Florida LIHEAP Assistance

In 2012, Florida LIHEAP received more than $57 million in funding. During the previous calendar year, Florida supporting more than 150,000 households with heating and cooling funds to prevent service interruption. Applicants receive a minimum benefit of $150 and a maximum benefit of $300 per calendar year. After one year has passed, applicants must reapply for the program.

LIHEAP Application & How to Apply

Applying for Florida LIHEAP involves visiting the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity or one of the community action agencies in your local community. Community action agencies work with local government and utility companies to ease the application process. There is no online application for Florida LIHEAP, but residents can contact the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity at 1-850-717-8450 for an application.

Before applying for the program it is best to review the income guidelines established by the state and federal governments. In Florida, residents can earn 150% of the Federal Poverty Level and still qualify for LIHEAP. You must prove income and family size during the application process to be approved. Funds are sent directly to your utility company.

LIHEAP Eligibility – Am I Eligible?

If your income falls at or below the following limits you could be eligible for Florida LIHEAP. If you are close to the limit it may be beneficial to apply for the program anyway or contact the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity or a local community action agency for guidance.

Family Size

150% of Poverty

1

$16,335

2

$22,065

3

$27,795

4

$33,525

5

$39,255

6

$44,985

7

$50,715

8

$56,445

If there are more than eight people in your family, add $5,730 for each additional family member.

Florida LIHEAP is there to help low-income families meet utility bills and stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. If you are eligible for LIHEAP, you may also be eligible for other programs from your utility company. If you are not eligible for LIHEAP contact your utility company for other options for paying down your utility bill.

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12 Comments on “LiHEAP Florida
  1. I am disabled and in need of life alert. I live on a very low income. I fall a lot and don’t know what I would do if my electric was turned off. I wear my necklace and have to be able to call for help.

  2. I am on disability and I only get a small amount to live on sometimes I don’t know how I’m going to pay my light bill each mouth sometimes I have to pawn things to make ends meet so I that’s why I need help with my bills.

  3. I have 4 kids and right now I’m not working because my Health Condition Diabetes Mellitus uncontrollable, Thyroids, cholesterol and I’m insulin dependent I try to ask for a help and no body can’t help me. I don’t have idea how i going to pay my monthly bills I have somebody working in my Disability but take time but until they approve my Disability I don’t have a way to get money for pay the bills. I hope somebody can help my family a little I asking help temporary no permanent and I going to appreciate if some one can help us. Thanks

  4. I have 4 children and I have my three grandchildren as there father past away in 2014 and iam unable to work as the three kids have proublems ans one has dibetis 1

  5. i am behind to 775 on my fpl bill and cant catch up make 1400 a month socialsecurity thats it and husband passed away can you help

  6. we need help paying our water bill can someone can help us please PLEASE we differ needed help my husband is DISABLE two AMPTEE I WORK BUT PART TIME I DO NT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO HELP MY HUSBAND PAY IHAVE HEALTH PROBLEM ALSO JUST 5 HR A WEEK THAT IS NOT ENOUGH MONEY TO DO ANYTHING WITH PLEASE HELP US OUT IF YOU CAN PLEASE WE RALLY NEED HELP . MR.MRS. WILLIAMS

  7. I would like information about the liheap program, I tried calling a 1 800 number, if someone can tell me where to go I live in lake Worth FL in West Palm beach. Thank you penny dawn

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