In order to apply for energy assistance, the individual or family must meet the annual income criteria and then locate the application and proper contact information that is specific to their state from the Benefits government website. As of March 2015, in order to qualify for the energy assistance program, an individual must have an annual income of lower than $17,505 before taxes. For additional family members in the household, an additional $6,090 is added to the income maximum requirements for eligibility.
Automatic eligibility is often given to families or individuals who participate in certain benefit programs, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
The link located on the Benefits government website directs individuals to an interactive map where they can click on their home state. Each state directs individuals to a section on the page that displays the contact information for the energy assistance program as well as a link to the corresponding website.
From each state's website, a link to the energy assistance program application is displayed, as well as a contact number for anyone who may need assistance with the application process.
Individuals can contact the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) project using the provided 800 number or email link to find out more information about the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and how they can help lower heating and cooling costs and even help with weatherizing a home.