1. Call a local agency to make an appointment
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is provided by local community action agencies or nonprofits throughout the state. You may contact the agency provider in your area to apply for assistance. Check the list of agencies to find the one for your county. You may have to call and make an appointment. If you are unable to leave your home, the agency may do a home visit or allow you to mail in your application. The agency will send you a notice within 30 days of your application stating whether you are eligible and the amount of your assistance.
2. Gather the necessary information
The following documents are required to apply for LIHEAP:
- Proof of income for the past 30 days such as wage stubs, medical eligibility card from Public Aid, or award letters from Social Security
- A copy of your most recent gas and light bill. A shut off notice does not work.
- Social Security card or proof of Social Security number for everyone in your household
- Rent receipt or rental agreement. The name, address, and telephone number of the landlord should be written on the back.
3. Wait for the agency to respond
The total application process for LIHEAP can take up to 45 days. The local agency will let you know in writing within 30 days from the date you apply. If your application is approved, the grant will be issued either to you or to the utility company within 15 days after.
If you are denied LIHEAP assistance, you can appeal.