Individuals can apply for assistance under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program by contacting the National Energy Assistance Referral line, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human services. NEAR representatives refer callers to their local organizations that process LIHEAP applications.
LIHEAP assists people with bill payments, weatherization and energy-related repairs on their homes, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services explains. Assistance through LIHEAP is available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Households can qualify for LIHEAP based on determined income guidelines, and other eligibility criteria. Criteria guidelines vary from state to state, but LIHEAP imposes that 150 percent of the federal poverty level be the maximum qualifying income and 110 percent as the minimum qualifying income.
The LIHEAP statute allows local area administrators of LIHEAP programs flexibility to assist families that have at least one member receiving some type of aid under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, the SNAP food stamp program or the Supplemental Security Income program. Families may also be deemed eligible if they meet certain asset criteria or have received disconnection notices, as noted by the Office of Community Services. While all LIHEAP programs are federally funded, administration of LIHEAP programs are overseen at the state and local level.