LIHEAP – Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), known also as Fuel Assistance, is a federal program administered by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Community Services (OCS). LIHEAP provides help and assistance to low-income households regarding their home energy needs like heating and/or cooling. Through this program, eligible households get help in paying a fraction of their heating bills. Besides, assistance is provided in managing costs regarding home energy bills, energy crisis, low-cost improvements in the house to save energy, and minor home repairs of the energy needs. The services provided by LIHEAP help eligible low-income households meet more efficiently their home energy needs. The outcome of the help and assistance provided by LIHEAP is the health and safety of numerous families; keeping them warm during winter following safe heating practices, and cool during summer following safe cooling practices.
The aspects to be considered for eligibility are the household size and the total income of every household member (18 years of age or older). The total income level must be at or below 175 percent of the 2015 federal poverty level. Additionally, homeowners and renters can apply for LIHEAP when cost of heat is included in the rent. However, eligibility will be determined by the local LIHEAP provider.
How to Apply
In order to apply for LIHEAP, you must be directed to the local LIHEAP provider to schedule an appointment. Once there you ask about the guidelines to be followed, as wells as the information and documents you need to provide for the interview prior to the interview.