The state Department of Community Services & Development administers the federally funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in California. The federal Department of Health and Human Services distributes funds to states annually to assist with energy bills and offset heating and/or cooling energy costs for eligible low-income households. California’s share is now approximately $150 million annually which CSD distributes to contracted community energy service providers.
CSD strategically leverages its LIHEAP funding with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program.
- Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) provides a direct payment to an eligible client’s utility bill to help offset the cost of heating or cooling their home.
- Weatherization provides free energy efficiency upgrades to the dwellings of low-income families to lower their monthly utility bills.
- Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) provides assistance to low-income households that are in a crisis situation. Examples include a household that has received a 24- or 48-hour disconnect notice or service termination by their utility company or an energy-related crisis of life-threatening emergency exists in the applicant’s household.
Any resident of California who meets the income guidelines and is responsible for energy costs in a residence may be eligible. To determine income eligibility, see the LIHEAP Income Guidelines Chart.
Ms. Sylmia Britt
Department of Community Services and Development
P.O. Box 1947
Sacramento, California 95812-1947
TEL: (916) 576-7154
FAX: (916) 263-1406
WEB SITE: www.csd.ca.gov/Programs/Low%20Income%20Home%20Energy%20Assistance%20Program%20(LIHEAP).aspx
PUBLIC INQUIRIES: 1-866-675-6623