What services are available?
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) may be able to help you pay your home energy bills. LIHEAP can help in two ways:
- Energy Assistance (EA) - Helps you with a one-time payment for your primary heating bills from November through March.
- Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) - Helps pay your energy bill when your energy is shut off, or is threatened to be shut off, even if you have not received a shut off notice. The amount of help you receive is based on the amount of money needed to settle your crisis with the energy provider.
- Winter ECIP is available November through May based on funding. The maximum amount you could receive is $800.
- Summer ECIP is available June through October based on funding. The maximum amount you could receive is $600.
Some contracted agencies may also provide emergency services such as:
- Emergency lodging
- Heating/cooling replacement or repair
- Window air conditioners
- Wood stoves
Who is eligible?
You may be eligible for help through LIHEAP if you:
- Are responsible for paying the heating and cooling costs for your home
- Are a United States citizen (or have been legally admitted for permanent residence)
- Have $3,000 or less in your bank accounts, retirement accounts, or investments
- Meet specific income guidelines based on your household size and type of fuel
For more information about eligibility requirements, contact the Contracted Agency that provides services for your area.
How do I apply?
NOTE: You must have Adobe Reader on your computer or device to open the application. If you do not have it, you can download it for free. If you have any issues, you can call your Contracted Agency or 855-FSD-INFO (855-373-4636) and have an application mailed to you.
- Complete the LIHEAP application and save it to your computer or device
- Click on the submit button at the end of the application
- On the next screen, upload your application and any other required documents
- Click on upload/submit
Apply by Mail
- Open the LIHEAP application and print it from your computer or device
- Complete your application
- Mail your completed application and any required documentation to your Contracted Agency
IMPORTANT: Before submitting your application, make sure you have included all documents the application asks for so your case can be processed as quickly as possible.
When will I get my benefit?
Once you submit your application and required documents, your application will be reviewed within approximately 30 business days (unless it is considered a crisis). A letter will be mailed to you that tells you if you qualify for LIHEAP and the amount you will get.
After you apply for energy assistance, please continue to pay your heating or cooling bill if you can so you do not get disconnected or run out of fuel such as propane, wood, or pre-paid electric. Your bill needs to be paid to your utility company (not the LIHEAP agency).
Information for LIHEAP Contractors & Energy Suppliers
Visit our LIHEAP Contractor/Energy Supplier website to:
- Access our online system
- Stay up to date on important reminders
- Find helpful resources & contact information