Help Paying Utilities




LIHEAP Can Help Pay Utility, Heating, and Cooling Bills

The goal of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is to help families that are struggling and to also assist lower income households with paying their energy bills. The elderly, disabled, and those who recently lost their jobs may be eligible for help paying energy bills.

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The LIHEAP program has several types of assistance plans available, and they include :

  • Energy crisis assistance.
  • Heating, cooling, and utility bill payment assistance.
  • Weatherization and energy-related home repairs.

For the LIHEAP Crisis Assistance aid, households can receive assistance if a families social or economic hardships are compounded by a home cooling or heating energy crisis. The assistance program will provide an energy bill payment and/or an in-kind benefit up to a maximum of several hundred dollars. In-kind benefits include, but are not limited to : fan, air conditioner repair, space heater (vented or electric), and heater/furnace repair. To be eligible for the LIHEAP Crisis Assistance help, the household must meet the program’s income standards and also be threatened with a disconnect notice, or actually have their service shut off. 





The utility, cooling, and cooling bill assistance component helps families pay home home heating bills and energy costs for which they are responsible for paying. The program will often make a direct payment to the utility provider. Usually the assistance will be paid in the form of a one time payment made directly to the utility company.

LHEAP assistance is available in all states, and the state programs are funded by the federal government.






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