Learn more about federal energy assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Being able to provide warm homes, showers and meals for your family is an essential need we all share.

But sometimes it can be challenging to make ends meet, especially when you're balancing how to keep up with other household bills. That's where federal energy funding through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP comes in. LIHEAP provides energy assistance to households with limited incomes.

 

Below, you'll find all the resources you need to apply for LIHEAP, including a tutorial on how to apply.  

Ready to apply for LIHEAP?
Alabama customers

Get started by contacting your local community action agency for an appointment. Follow our guidelines below for what you need at your appointment. 

Missouri customers

Visit the Department of Social Service's website to download your application. You'll need the documents listed below for your application.

What you'll need to get started

  • A letter from your employer on letterhead with details about how your employment was impacted by coronavirus
  • Current heating bill (natural gas, propane or electric)
  • Current electric bill
  • Copies of social security cards for all household members as well as their birth dates (if your household currently receives food stamps, only the social security numbers and birth dates are required)
  • Copies of income documentation such as paystubs for the prior month, current award letters, pension statements, etc. (if your household currently receives food stamps, your income documentation is not required)

 

Looking for help applying for LIHEAP? Watch our webinar below.

We're here to answer any questions you have along the way
How do I know if I qualify?

To qualify, you must meet each of the following: 

  • Be responsible for paying your home's heating and cooling costs
  • Be a United States citizen or legal resident
  • Have $3,000 or less in bank accounts, retirement accounts and investments
  • Meet specific income guidelines - shown below.

 

What are the income guidelines?

2020 federal monthly income guidelines:

Household size 135% FPL 151% FPL 185% FPL 200% FPL 250% FPL
1 $1,405 $1,596 $1,967 $2,127 $2,658
2 $1,902 $2,156 $2,658 $2,873 $3,592
3 $2,400 $2,716 $3,349 $3,620 $4,525
4 $2,897 $3,276 $4,039 $4,367 $5,458
5 $3,394 $3,836 $4,370 $5,113 $6,392
6 $3,891 $4,396 $5,421 $5,860 $7,325
7 $4,389 $4,956 $6,111 $6,607 $8,258
8 $4,886 $5,516 $6,802 $7,353 $9,192

FPL: Federal poverty level 

How do I get started?

First, you'll need to contact your local community action agency. You can find your agency here or call 211

What do I need to apply?

You'll need the following items to apply:

  • A letter from your employer on letterhead with details about how your employment was impacted by coronavirus
  • Current heating bill (natural gas, propane or electric)
  • Current electric bill
  • Copies of social security cards for all household members as well as their birth dates (if your household currently receives food stamps, only the social security numbers and birth dates are required)
  • Copies of income documentation such as paystubs for the prior month, current award letters, pension statements, etc. (if your household currently receives food stamps, your income documentation is not required)
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