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