LIHEAP energy assistance program. (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) helps pay heating, and utility bills for disadvantaged households. For Help with Gas, Water or Electric Bills, Please call the Numbers in this Post or go to Local Church Assistance.
During the Winter months, many low-income families will be eligible for help paying for heating. August is the time to sign up for this assistance program! You too may qualify for free (NOTE: The time to apply for this free government money, is the Summer).
LIHEAP Energy Assistance
If you qualify for LIHEAP you will receive a check for up to $350 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 to include warm weather states as well.
Home heating assistance grants are funded with a yearly subsidy, to the Dept 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. This is done through the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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. In conjunction with heating assistance the government’s, the Home Weatherization program, helps families make energy-saving repairs to their homes.
How Home Heating Assistance Grants Help Families
There is nothing worse than coming home to a cold house. However, there are people all over the United States, who go without heat during the Winter months. Often families without electricity, use kerosene heaters that cause deadly fires.
You have also heard sad stories of elderly people freezing to death in their homes. If you need with electric bills or face eviction from your apartment or home, you may be eligible for a grant or other assistance.
You owe it to yourself to find out if you qualify for money for, home heating bills, through the Home Heating Assistance Program. If you receive help from a government assistance program, talk to your case worker about receiving heating assistance.
Are you Eligible?
To be eligible, your income should not be more than 150 percent of your state’s poverty level. Each state has different criteria for determining your eligibility. You also may receive help if your family receives any aid from the government.
Speak to your social worker, to find out if you are eligible and when you should apply in your state. If you qualify, you will receive a fuel assistance check the first week of February.
Call or contact your local Department of Social Services, or The National Energy Assistance Referral Project at 866-674-6327 for questions about eligibility. You are eligible if your gross family income is, at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
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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, the National School Lunch Program, Supplemental Security Income SSI.
Where to Apply for Home Energy Assistance
If you want to apply for assistance, contact your Department of Social Services or a community action agency. Funding is limited and helps low-income families with children and elderly, get preferential assistance when funding is limited. You can also find out how to get Christmas toys.
The 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 on a first-come first served basis, so it is important to apply between August – September before the money runs out.
The program gives assistance with:
- Power Bill payment
- Energy crisis assistance (prevent utility disconnection)
- Home Weatherization Grants and energy-saving home repairs
Where to get Help with Heating Bills
National Energy Assistance Referral Project: 866-674-6327
LIHEAP 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