What Is the HEAP Energy Assistance Program?


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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services administers the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP or HEAP. The federally funded program assists low-income households with energy costs and weatherization initiatives.

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What Is the HEAP Energy Assistance Program?
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Established in 1981, LIHEAP receives annual funding from Congress and provides funds directly to state organizations. Based on available funding, local agencies apply LIHEAP dollars to current or past-due utility bills. Some households may qualify for ongoing assistance.

Additional assistance from local agencies includes helping families with home weatherization and repairs that impact heating and cooling needs. Potential applicants should call 866-674-6327 or email energy@ncat.org for local contact information, as of 2015.

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