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LIHEAP California

LIHEAP in California

The United States Federal Government supplies money for the LIHEAP program to all 50 states. LIHEAP, or low income home energy assistance program, is an income-based program designed to ease the burden of heating and cooling costs for low-income families. Program income guidelines are based on 150% of the federal poverty level or 60% of the state median income, depending on the income of the state. LIHEAP works in conjunction with state utility companies, including:

  • Alameda Municipal Power
  • Alpine Natural Gas
  • Anaheim Public Utilities
  • Azusa Light and Water
  • Bear Valley Electric
  • Burbank Water and Power
  • City of Banning
  • City of Colton
  • City of Healdsburg
  • City of Palo Alto
  • City of Santa Clara
  • City of Shasta
  • City of Ukiah
  • Glendale Water & Power
  • Imperial Irrigation District
  • Lassen Municipal Utilities District
  • Lodi Electric Utility
  • Lompoc City Electric
  • Long Beach Gas & Oil
  • Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
  • Modesto Irrigation District
  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Pacific Power
  • Pasadena Water and Power
  • Redding Electric Utility
  • Riverside Public Utilities
  • Roseville Electric
  • San Diego Gas and Electric
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • Sierra Pacific Power Company
  • Silicon Valley Power
  • Southern California Edison
  • Southern California Gas

California LIHEAP Assistance

California is a state of warm summers and mild winters but that doesn’t mean residents don’t have a need for heating and cooling support. In 2012 the federal government granted more than $115 million for the California LIHEAP program. On average about 245,000 households are accepted into the LIHEAP program.

The California LIHEAP program is run by the California Department of Community Services and Development. Residents can call 1-866-675-6623 for information on the program and to request a LIHEAP application. Community action agencies are also available in many California counties to support residents with LIHEAP applications and additional information on other supportive programs.

LIHEAP Application & How to Apply

LIHEAP applications are accepting year-round for heating and crisis situations. The average benefit, if accepted, is $224. Monies are paid directly to utility companies twice per year. If you are in a crisis situation, contact the Department of Community Services and Development immediately at 1-866-675-6623 to submit a crisis application. There is a maximum crisis benefit of $1,000. General LIHEAP applications can take more than 30 days to process.

LIHEAP Eligibility – Am I Eligible?

After reviewing the eligibility chart below, if you qualify for LIHEAP based on income, contact the California Department of Community Services and Development at 1-866-675-6623.Income guidelines are based on the median state income, estimated at $78,666 for the 2011/2012 application year. Income guidelines for California LIHEAP are based on 60% of the median income.

Family Size

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The state median income is $78,666 so 60% of that income estimate is $47,199. A family of six can earn 132% of the state median income and remain eligible for LIHEAP in California. If your family size is larger than six persons, add an additional 3% onto the total maximum income. For instance, a family of seven can earn 135% of 60% of the state median income or $63,719.

25 Comments on “LIHEAP California
  1. I need help setting up a payment plan … my bill is very high and it jumped from $300 to $1200 in a month .. I need help or someone to work with me so my services arent turned off AGAIn tomorrow ! I have 2 small kids and we are a family of four on 1 income !! Im desperate for help ! Thank you ! Christina

  2. We are a family of 4 persons unfortunately My sister and I have been struggling with paying our bills we have a little child of 9 yrs old and our mother. My sister recently got a job but still struggling making payments of our bills since she was out of a job for 2 years and 4 months. We really need your help. We don’t want our service to be turn off tomorrow. I can pay in payments. Please help us. Thank You.

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  3. I need help with pg&e bill i have tryed to get it down but i am unable to at this time. I have a 48 hr. notice with extension now in one day ill have anoter 48 hour notice to shut off. I do qualify my bill is $800 dollars i even went throu weatherization program. I am in dire need of assistance. please feel free to contact thank u

  4. I want to apply for LIHEAP! Our appartment Manager alway’s increase our rent every month. Need help for paying our utility bills. Thank You and God Bless!!! Can’t see printable HEAP Application!

  5. My wife and I desperately need an application sent to our address so we can apply securely. I am no internet guru and almost never have access so if someone could please email me some help on how to get an application sent to us that would be way cool. thanks and happy utilities to all.

  6. Please Help me!!!!! I need helping this bill that keeps going up.My family consists of my spouse and three children. I have till August 21 to pay 250 dollars or they will shut down my service.I’m going to College full time and work on site with the college but i dont get enough to make a big payment for my light ,please help me. I realize theres other people that are in a more needed situation but ill pay you back once i get a full time job…

  7. I am 30 years old and i have 4 Child and my spouse we are total 6 peoples in my family I Just came from Afghanistan I was worked there with you U.S Army and Civil Americans and right now we are using food stamp the cash aid i get from county it’s not enafe to pay the MID AND PG&E Bill .
    i came here to US by a Spacial Imagrician Visa .
    I worked and help US Peoples in afghanistan now i wish to get more help from them .
    please contact me

  8. I need help paying my bill my bill is 468.00 368.00 is past due o recently had my right foot foot amputaed and ftactured my left leg n footim pn limited income an finding it really hard to stay afloat.

  9. It’s been hard for me to pay my bills
    I take care of my disabled mom.
    Please help me this one time.My
    mom is 78 and has trouble walking.

  10. I am a widow with two boys I fell behind on my light bill and I went to go stay with a friend the power company claims someone turned the meter on and pulled it out and it’s not under my name. I am in crisis right now I couldn’t turn my own light cause the power company combined my dead husbands bill with mine and he was a contractor so the bill Is like over 1000.00 dollars what do I do?

  11. I emailed a application on Aug. 6th.2015 I was told itvwas recieved and being processesI triedvseveral times to fax it but had to email it
    The turn off date is Aug.10th 2015 im afraid they will turn off my electric. How will I know if the application was processed or denied?.I hope it gets processed soon.

  12. My electric bill is out of control. Last month it doubled and i don’t know why because it is back down to what it normally has been for the past year. I am on a fixed income, and I struggle to pay the $200 electric bill then this bill, I need help they are going to shut off my electricity and I don’t know what to do about it.

    Thank you
    Lonny DeAtley

  13. i need help paying my electric bill my kids dad died march 3 and my husband had been in and out of hospital for monthes he died april 13 i just got a job and am struggling to pay what i can i got water bill cought up phone car insurence car regestration so i could go to work cought up some food in home but need help to pay light bill i was cut off care prograim dec without notice so my bill got behind more and more please help

  14. All I see and hear are people who need help and never receive all the while the resource is supposedly out there or here. The reality is that these “help” organizations need to be cut off because they are not helping people and they are scamming taxpayers out of their money.

    • All you have to do is go to Action Community Partnership in Riverside, CA! Both SHARE and LIHEAP are located in the same office. Get the paperwork and all what’s required from yourself together and submit it! SHARE pays $150 towards your electric bill every 12 months and LIHEAP will pay according to your households total income every 12 months. I’ve used them a couple of times over the past 6 years. I’ve never had a problem. I ended up paying at the most $35-$40 ONCE. AND YES, YOU CAN RECEIVE HELP FROM BOTH AGENCIES IN THE SAME YEAR! SHARE PAYS FIRST! BUT IF YOU WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE THEN YOU HAVE NO ONE TO BLAME BUT YOURSELF FOR BEING DISCONNECTED!!

  15. I also need help paying my PGE bill. My water just got shut off, so I had to pay them in full and PGE will not work out a payment plan unless I pay half which is $500 by 5pm today. If they would only give me a week to pay half. I am on two medical baselines. I can not even reach a live customer service re.p on the phone now. my bill has doubled this past summer. No agency’s have any funding right now to help me.

  16. Bad news, HEAP has been reduced from 400 a year to now 332 a year. It’s lovely how when rent food fuel is going up help shrinks while the rich rake it in! Thanks trump and friends you got an extra trip to maralogo. Yuck!

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