Government Assistance for Utilities and Weatherization
June 28, 2016 governmentgrants.info Staff
What is LIHEAP and how can LIHEAP help me?
LIHEAP, which stands for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, is a federal program that helps low income households pay for heating or cooling their homes. In most states, it also helps people make sure their homes are more energy efficient by paying for certain home improvements, known as weatherization. LIHEAP can help you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer through programs that reduce the risk of health and safety problems that arise from unsafe heating and cooling practices. Most states will use LIHEAP to help you pay for your energy bill for heating or cooling your home and offer additional help in cases of energy crisis.
What kinds of services does LIHEAP provide?
LIHEAP is designed differently in every state. Depending on where you live, your local LIHEAP office may provide things like:
• help paying your heating or cooling bills;
• emergency services in cases of energy crisis, such as utility shutoffs; and
• weatherization- which makes your home more energy efficient and lowers your utility bills.
Will LIHEAP pay for my whole utility bill?
The amount of help that you get will depend on where you live (each grantee's payment levels are different), your income, your energy costs or needs, your family size, and possibly other factors.
How can LIHEAP help me to lower my energy bills in the future?
LIHEAP grantees can spend a portion of their funds on low-cost energy related repairs for homes, but they are not required to do so. These types of repairs and improvements are known as weatherization. If they wish, they can use some of their funds to do things like:
• fix leaky doors or windows;
• install insulation; and
• fix or replace broken or inefficient furnaces or air conditioners.
Sometimes, grantees will not weatherize rental homes or apartments unless the landlord agrees to pay for a portion of the cost or agrees to other conditions.
Do I qualify for LIHEAP if I already receive SNAP or TANF?
LIHEAP grantees have the option to automatically qualify any household that receives Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income, or certain types of veteran’s benefits. Not all grantees choose to do this. And those that do may still require you to fill out an application.
What is the most money I can make and still get LIHEAP benefits?
Each LIHEAP grantee sets its own income limits. So the most you can make and still receive LIHEAP benefits depends on where you live and how many people live in your home. Some areas may also have other requirements for receiving LIHEAP benefits.
If I rent or live in subsidized or public housing, can I receive help from LIHEAP?
Renters are eligible for LIHEAP assistance. Many renters pay for their energy costs directly, while others pay these costs indirectly, through their rent. In either case, you are eligible for LIHEAP if you otherwise qualify.
Contact now to learn if you qualify:
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Phone Number: (202) 401-9351
Fax Number: (202) 401-5661