Energy Assistance Programs

About LIHEAP

Energy assistance programs are available to low-income individuals and families. These benefits are awarded on a first come first served basis, but are generally reserved for those with medical conditions where prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures might pose a health risk.

The Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is one such program that helps families by covering their home energy costs. Here is what you should know about applying for LIHEAP.

LIHEAP was established as a means to aid low-income families with home energy costs. Heating a home in the winter, or cooling one in the summer, can be costly. LIHEAP funds connect millions of Americans with crucial energy assistance.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify for LIHEAP assistance, you must need financial assistance. This need is determined by the federal government, and varies from state to state.

If you or a family member participates in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or other needs-based Veterans benefits, you may be automatically eligible. You will need to contact your state agency to determine this.

Program Benefits

Although program benefits vary from state to state, the following assistance is often awarded:

  • Funds to subsidize heating and cooling costs.
  • Intervention in the case of weather-related, fuel supply shortages, or other household energy-related emergencies.
  • Low-cost residential weather-proofing and other related home repairs to safely increase the efficiency of a household’s use of energy, thus lowering home utility bills and making homes more comfortable.

13 thoughts on “Energy Assistance Programs

    1. Myesha,
      If you or a family member participates in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or other needs-based Veterans benefits, you may be automatically eligible.
      We are not affiliated with any of these programs so You will need to contact your state agency to determine if you are eligible.

      Thanks,
      Shari

  1. I had Section 8 in Vacaville I gave it up to live with my daughter it’s not working out I am a senior and I was paying 30% on Section 8 I’m looking for a rental apartment that takes animals in the Roseville area

    1. Pamela,

      We are not affiliated with any Housing programs.
      You will most likely have to start the Section 8 application process over in the area you would like to live.
      I would suggest you call the Housing Authority or check our site to see if there are any wait lists open.
      They may also have other housing programs you qualify for.

      Thanks,
      Shari

  2. I am in desperate need of housing. If you can help, I would be most grateful. I am permanently disabled under Social Security.
    Thank you in advance.

    1. Karen,

      I’m so sorry that you are having such a hard time.
      We are not affiliated with any Housing Authority or Government program.
      Have you tried to reach out to your local Housing Authority?
      They have many programs and some give priority to those who are disabled.
      If you are not certain how to contact them go to our home page where you will find a map.
      Click on your state, then find the Housing Authority nearest you.
      There you will find their contact information and links to show you how to apply.
      If you need help applying please call them. Many of them have people who will help you with your application.

      I hope this helps,
      Shari

  3. I am a single mother of four kids.I lost my place due to everybody getting evicted and then after lost my job because they closed down. I have four kids and two cats. We would like to get a place again.

    1. Amanda,

      I’m sorry you are having such a hard time right now.
      Please reach out to your local Housing Authority.
      They may have different housing programs you could qualify for.
      If you are not sure who to contact, please go to our home page where you will see a map.
      Click on your state, this will take you to a list of agencies in your area.
      This list will provide you with Section 8 Wait List status, application information as well as contact information.

      I hope this helps you,
      Shari

    1. Jodi,

      If you feel that you qualify, then your next step is to go to the website of the Housing Authority nearest you.
      You can find this by going to our home page and click on your state on the map.
      This will take you to a list of agencies in your area. Here you will find their contact information, wait list status and applications information.

      Good luck!
      Shari

  4. Hi I was on the sec8 waiting list and lost my voucher do to not being able to find a place in the time they gave me what can I do do I have to reapply and wait another 10yrs to be approved

    1. Isabel,

      I’m sorry to hear you had a hard time finding a place to accept your voucher.
      You will need to contact the agency you applied through and they may be able to help you.
      As far as I know however, you will need to re-apply for the wait list.

      Thanks,
      Shari

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