Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP
LIHEAP is a federally funded energy assistance program for low-income residents and families in the United States. All 50 states receive funding from the LIHEAP program each year. Applicants must meet federal income guidelines to qualify for the program.
Applicants must fall at or below 150% of the federal income guidelines. Gross income is used to determine eligibility.
What Paperwork Do I Need to Apply?
LIHEAP applications are accepted at your local chapter of the Department of Health and Human Services. Your caseworker may ask for:
- Proof of income – Recent paycheck stubs or proof of self-employment income. If you receive social security, unemployment, payments from a pension plan or other forms of income, you must bring proof of income from these sources.
- Recent utility bills – Utility bills may be used to determine eligibility.
- Termination notices – If you’ve received termination notices from one or more utility companies, bring the termination notices with you when you fill out your LIHEAP application.
- Proof of residence – The LIHEAP program is available to all United States residents, but states are given individual funding so local residency must be established. A lease, deed, tax bill or rent receipt will be accepted.
- Proof of household size – You must bring birth certificates or school records for each member of your household.
- Social security numbers – Bring a copy of social security cards for all members of your household. If you do not have a social security card, you must provide the social security number.
- Proof of citizenship – Typically, the other forms required to submit a LIHEAP application will prove residency, but a state driver’s license or identification card is acceptable.
Energy Assistance Provided by LIHEAP
LIHEAP will help qualified applicants pay utility bills. Emergency assistance is also provided for applicants in dire need. Weatherization and repair assistance is available to reduce energy bills.
How to Apply for LIHEAP
If you are having trouble paying energy bills, you may qualify for LIHEAP. Contact the National Energy Assistance Referral Project (NEAR) for information on how to apply locally. The contact number for NEAR is 1-866-674-6327. You can also email NEAR at energy (at) ncat (dot) org.
The United States Department of Health and Human Services provides an interactive map for potential applicants. The map can be used to locate state agencies that accept LIHEAP applications. You can search for local LIHEAP agencies
How Long Will It Take for My Application to be Approved?
Many LIHEAP applications are approved immediately. There is a Crisis Intervention program available in conjunction with the LIHEAP program. If you have a written termination notice from your energy company, you’ve been denied fuel due to non-payment or you cannot setup a fuel account due to lack of funds, you may be eligible for immediate energy assistance.
Questions About Your Billing Statement or Account?
The LiHEAP program does not charge any specific fees, but you still may have questions concerning the application process and the results of your application. You can find out more information by visiting the LiHEAP FAQs
. You can also call customer service at 1-866-674-6327 for additional information.