Home Heating Grants – Money for Electric Bills

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

There is nothing worse than coming home to a cold house.  However, people all over the United States, 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.  Government funds each state, to distribute this grant to those who apply and qualify for the grant. 

The Home Energy Assistance checks are sent the first week of February.  Money is given out on a first come first serve basis, so it is important to  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 



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2 thoughts on “Home Heating Grants – Money for Electric Bills

  1. Elaine

    I don’t no who well see this my family has been struggling with bills we are raising grandkids we help out where we can my sister in law is staying with us has no where to go no income if any orgination can help us it would be a blessing we would of lost are house on September 23 2016 we came up with money for are taxes we we’ll not lose it are eleitric well be shut off September 19 2016 if we can not get the money to pay if anyone can give me any originations that can help please email senersly elaine god bless

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