LIHEAP near you.
Find how and where to apply for LIHEAP near you. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance program is federal government funded. Financial help in the form of a free grant money, a voucher or credit on an account is provided to lower income households, the disabled or elderly who need assistance paying for their home utility bills. Get LIHEAP applications near you for 2022 by state below and find phone numbers to apply at.
Much of the financial aid goes to paying winter heating or gas bills, with some states offering LIHEAP during the summer months as well for air conditioning as well as electric bills. A major goal of the federal government low income home energy bill assistance program is to ensure the most vulnerable (seniors, the disabled, households with children, etc) stay warm during the winter or cool during the summer.
What is LIHEAP?
The program’s purpose is to assist lower income families, individuals, as well as households living in poverty with meeting their immediate home energy needs. Funds are available in all states listed below on a first come and served basis. Customers can often get help paying for both their 2022 winter heating bills as well as summer cooling bills, so the LIHEAP program provides year round assistance.
The program will always give priority to those families with the highest home energy needs, which usually means lower income households with a family member that is at risk. Most states will give priority to senior citizens as well as the homebound first and allow them to apply before others. Another focus is on homes with high energy and heating bills and/or the presence of a vulnerable individual in the household, such as a disabled family member, a young child, single mother run households, or a frail older individual. LIHEAP gives priority to ensure their power is not disconnected, thus preventing health risks from vulnerable individuals.
There are several forms of energy and heating bill assistance that is provided to low income households through local state governments or non-profit offices that may be near you. The various 2022 LIHEAP programs include: emergency bill assistance if a household's home energy service is either shut off or about to be disconnected; financial assistance towards a household's heating or utility bill on a recurring basis; some funds may help pay for utility deposits; and a wide range of other energy-related services are available if a states choose to offer them.
LIHEAP grants can pay for various types of utility bills as well as fuel sources. Grants can pay for some or all of the following types of energy. Low income families can get assistance with utility bills including electricity; propane; natural gas; heating oil; firewood; propane; kerosene; and various other sources of fuel.
Some governments will also use their funding to pay for utility equipment repair and replacement programs. As LIHEAP may also incorporate, weatherization upgrades and improvements to an older home, new furnaces, financial budgeting counseling and more. The exact services vary by state. Find a listing of programs and how to apply.
Both renters and homeowners who are responsible for paying their home energy and/or heating bills can apply for LIHEAP near them. Families living in public housing or section 8 can also get low-income energy help from LIHEAP. The applicant will need to have a low or fixed income in order to be eligible for this support. Applicants do not need to have an unpaid utility bill to receive energy assistance.
Each state will also have their own local criteria that need to be met when applying for the LIHEAP - Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, but many of the criteria will factor in poverty levels. Many governments automatically enroll low income families into LIHEAP if the household is already on public aid such as SNAP food stamps, Medicaid, TANF, or other benefits.
Types of low-income home energy assistance programs available
The Cash Grant is available to assist low-income families with paying heating as well as utility bills. In some cases, LIHEAP will issue this form of a payment as a credit on an existing account. This can also be a voucher that the utility provider is involved in administering.
The other type of assistance is The Crisis Grant. This is for people who have a home heating emergency and that are are out of all other options. The application process has been streamlined for this form of financial aid and it may take a matter of a couple days for the family to be assisted. This Crisis Grant is above and beyond any help that was provided by the Cash Grant indicated above.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) may provide households with additional financial assistance or other forms of help with paying the bill to end the emergency. For example, if the applicant is in imminent danger of having their service shut off or are running out of heating oil or fuel, the Crisis Grants can provide immediate relief. It may also be used to provide for the repairs to a furnace during the winter months.
Emergency situations for the 2022 crisis LIHEAP grant include the following. However each state government, or administering community action agency near you, may have their own criteria.
- Lack of fuel such as heating oil.
- Some states may allow LIHEAP to pay for deposits to reconnect electric or heating service.
- Cooling or heating equipment that does not work, or leaking lines that must be replaced or fixed.
- Termination of utility or heating service.
- Families who are in danger of being without fuel or who may be in danger of having their utility service turned off.
- LIHEAP may on occasion pay for a portion of an utility deposit or reconnection fee to turn the heat or electricity back on in the home.
- Other support is given too, and learn more on LIHEAP crisis grants.
Apply for LIHEAP energy assistance during 2022 near you
There are some conditions that need to be met in order to be able to receive low income energy assistance during 2022 Applicants usually need to apply for LIHEAP from a local community action agency or their local state government. The application deadlines are usually in the fall, but they can change based on where the family lives.
The administration of the programs themselves are run at the state level, but the funds come from the United States DOE. Select your state below. The stats office can also give the status of a 2022 LIHEAP application. Or the general intake phone number to dial for more information on how to apply for a grant from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is 1-866-674-6327.
If your state is not listed, click here to find a listing of other state government programs, non-profit organizations and community action agencies. Not only may they have information on the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) application sites near you, but staff will often have referrals to additional sources of utility bill assistance in a region.
Low income energy bill help from a local utility company
In addition to the application information for 2022 LIHEAP above, a local utility company near you (or that provides services to your home or apartment) can oftentimes direct their customers to an agency for applications. In addition, most energy providers will also offer other financial aid programs that are combined with LIHEAP grants.
The low income, elderly, unemployed, working poor, and disabled can often apply for their own company-wide resources that offer direct financial aid. Or there may be weatherization or energy conservation measures combined with LIHEAP. Find more details on energy bill help from companies for more information.
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