Every household that falls within the established income guidelines is eligible for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), regardless of whether you pay for utilities directly or through your landlord.
If your utility service is included in your rent:
- You can qualify for LIHEAP but only if your rent is greater than 30% of your household's income for the past month.
If your utility service is not included in your rent:
- You must document that you are responsible for home energy costs. You can usually do this by showing the utility bill in your name to the utility company.
Learn more about shutoffs and what to do if your landlord does not pay the utility bill from Public utilities through your landlord.
Updated: June 2018