In order to qualify for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), your household’s combined income for the 30 days prior to application (gross income, before taxes are deducted) must be at or below 150% of the federal poverty level as shown in the chart below. If you rent, and your heat and/or electric is included in the rent, your rent must be greater than 30% of your income in order to be eligible to receive assistance.
|Family size||30 Day Income||Maximum income level per year|
Paying for utilities through your landlord should not affect your eligibility.
If you need to contact a utility company to receive a utility for the first time, learn more from Signing up for public utilities.
Timeline to apply for LIHEAP
|Seniors and people with disabilities||October 1|
Households with children less than 6 years,
|General public||December 1|
The total application process after you submit your application 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.
Emergency Service assistance will be provided within 48 hours from the date your application is complete. The agency will notify the utility company within the same 48 hours after your application is approved.
Learn more about applying for LIHEAP.
How long the qualification lasts
Your low income consumer qualification with LIHEAP lasts up to a year depending on when you qualified for the program
- If you qualified before October 1st, then your qualification lasts for the rest of the year
- If you qualified after October 1st, then your qualification lasts through the end of the next year.
You must renew your low income customer status with LIHEAP every year.
Updated: June 2018