What Does the LIHEAP Program Offer?


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The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides funds to low-income households needing assistance with home energy bills, energy crises and home weatherization. The federal government funds the program, and local, state, district, territory and tribal governments administer the program.

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LIHEAP is divided into three subprograms. The Home Energy Assistance Program provides one-time assistance with household energy costs. The Energy Crisis Intervention Program provides assistance for households in a crisis situation, such as those about to lose their heating service, or those with a broken furnace. The LIHEAP Weatherization program provides payment for energy-efficient upgrades that help lower overall utility bills.

Some states also offer energy budget counseling and education. Federal LIHEAP funding is limited and states prioritize households in the highest need, such as those containing elderly and disabled persons.

The application process for LIHEAP varies by state and tribal area. For instance, Pennsylvania provides three ways to apply for LIHEAP: by using the COMPASS assistance website, by downloading a printable application, or by filing out an application at a local county assistance office. Whereas, in California applicants must find their local service providers and follow the providers' application procedures. Many states mothball LIHEAP at the end of the winter and start it up again during the fall.

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