Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) FAQs
Question: What is LIHEAP?
Answer: LIHEAP stands for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and is provided by local agencies to assist low-income households to help pay energy expenses. The main components to the LIHEAP program are:
- Payment on behalf of qualified applicants to offset home heating costs
- Crisis relief for emergency situations such as: running out of fuel, or the impending or actual termination of electric or gas service
Question: Do I have to own a home to qualify for LIHEAP?
Answer: No, to qualify you may either rent or own your home.
Question: Do I need to have an unpaid heating bill and be on public assistance to apply?
Answer: No, you don’t need to have an unpaid heating bill, nor be on public assistance to apply for LIHEAP.
Question: Who is eligible?
Answer: Applicants whose gross income is less than 150% of the Federal Poverty Level qualify for this program. The income guidelines for LIHEAP can be found here.
Question: Where can I apply?
Answer: To apply for LIHEAP, contact the agency providing this program in your area.
Question: What do I need to apply?
Answer: You will need to supply the following information:
- Names of people in your household
- Dates of birth for all household members
- Social Security Numbers for all household members
- Proof of income for all household members
- A recent heating bill