Individuals who are eligible for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also called LIHEAP, may qualify to receive a free refrigerator. LIHEAP is a government initiative that assists families in need with energy bills and other resources that can help keep them healthy and safe.
LIHEAP is a grant program designed to assist low-income families, individuals with disabilities and the elderly with heating, lighting and other energy-related expenses. The program not only helps qualified individuals pay their bills, it also provides energy-related home repairs and replaces old appliances, including refrigerators. LIHEAP assists more than 5 million U.S. homes yearly, as of March 2015, and the majority of families that qualify for the program earn less than $8,000 per year.
In order to qualify for the LIHEAP program, the applicant must have a household income that is less than 150 percent of the federal poverty level. LIHEAP can also serve households receiving some form of public assistance, such as food stamps, Supplemental Security income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or need-based veterans benefits. Individuals who have received a utility disconnection notice or reside in subsidized housing may also be eligible to receive benefits from LIHEAP. The program is available in all U.S. states.