Home heating grants help qualified residents pay for Winter heating bills. The cold months are coming and many low-income families will need help with utilities. Low-income families may be eligible for LIHEAP ( Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)
Find out if you are eligible for free assistance with heating bills. Those who qualify, receive a check each Winter to help with heating bills. The program began in 1981, as an assist benefit to the poorest families with home cooling bills. Congress later shifted the purpose of the funds to cold-weather states. This includes warm weather states as well.
How Home Heating Grants are Funded
These grants are funded with a yearly subsidy to the Department of Health and Human Services. On October 15, 2014, ACF awarded approximately $3.05 billion for home heating grants. This funding is distributed among all states, territories, and tribal governments.
The President receives additional funds each year to use for LIHEAP at his discretion. Each state that wishes to receive this grant must apply for a block grant. Along with heating assistance, the government’s Home Weatherization program, helps families make energy-saving repairs to their homes.
How Home Heating Grants Help Families
nothing worse home to However, go without heat during Winter. Often families without electricity use kerosene heaters that cause deadly fires and loss of property.
You have also heard sad stories of elderly people freezing to death in their homes. If you have been struggling to pay your heating bills, you may be eligible for this help.
You owe it to yourself to find out if you qualify for a heating grant, through the Home Heating Assistance Program. If you receive help from a government agency, speak to your case worker at the Department of Social Services.
A counselor will sign you up for the heating assistance program. G each state, to distribute this grant who apply and for the grant.
The are sent February. Money is given out first apply between August September before the money runs out.
How Do I Qualify?
You are eligible if your gross family income is, at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or if you are receiving help from a government program such as:
- Food Stamps/SNAP
- Receiving Medicaid On Section 8 or Federal Public Housing
- Receiving TANF- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
- Child is on the National School Lunch Program
- Supplemental Security Income SSI
The program gives assistance with:
- Electric Bill payment
- Energy crisis assistance (prevent utility disconnection)
- Home Weatherization Grants and energy-saving home repairs
Where to get Help with Electric Bills
National Energy Assistance Referral Project at 866-674-6327
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Aerospace Building, 5th Floor West
370 L’Enfant Promenade, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20447
Phone Number: (202) 401-9351
Fax Number: (202) 401-5661