If you need help paying your heating or cooling bills, a program called LIHEAP may be able to help.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, helps low-income families, the elderly, and people with disabilities pay their heating or cooling bills. LIHEAP is a grant that offers assistance in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company, or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat. LIHEAP covers 5 million U.S. households a year. Two thirds of these families earn less than $8,000 per year. This federally-funded program offers:
- Help paying your bills
- Weatherization and energy-related home repairs
- Replace old appliances such as refrigerators and hot water heaters
- Assistance with an energy crisis, such as a broken heating or cooling system, an unusually hot or cold season, or a warning from your utility provider that your services will be cut off
Find Out If You Qualify
To qualify for LIHEAP, your household income must be below 150% of the federal poverty level.
The President recommended cutting the LIHEAP program from the authorized $5.1 billion to $2.57 billion in fiscal year 2012. This request would roll the program’s funding back to its 2008 levels and reduce the amount of funding and households served in your home state. Be sure to apply now before funds are reduced!
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