What is the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program?

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a block grant program to assist low-income households with paying their utility bills. Payments are generally made directly to the utility company or fuel provider.

There are two types of assistance available under LIHEAP (a household can be determined eligible to receive both):

1)      Energy Assistance provides a one-time payment to help pay heating bills during the winter. The one-time payment amount can be between $45 and $450 and is based on household size, income and the type of fuel used for home heating.

2)      Energy Crisis Intervention Program is for households who have had, or are about to have, their utilities shut off or are running short of purchased fuel (propane). The benefit amount can be up to $800 in the winter and $300 in the summer.

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