The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) may be able to help keep you and your family safe and healthy

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) may be able to help keep you and your family safe and healthy.

You  or someone you know may be eligible for help with home heating and/or cooking bills.

What is LIHEAP?

LIHEAP is a Federally-funded program that helps low-income households with their home energy bills.

LEIHEAP can help you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. By doing so, you can reduce the risk of health and safety problems (such as illness, fire or eviction).

The federal government does not provide energy assistance directly to the public. Instead, LIHEAP operates in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Indian tribes or tribal organizations and the US territories.

Who is eligible to receive LIHEAP assistance?

The LIHEAP program in your community determines if you household’s income qualifies for the program. The LIHEAP program may also require households to meet additional eligibility criteria to receive LIHEAP assistance.*

*The availability of LIHEAP assistance is not guaranteed. Often most of the Federal LIHEAP funds are spent during the winter.

What Assistance does LIHEAP provide?

Your LIHEAP program may be able to offer you one or more of the following types of assistance.

*Bill payment assistance

*Energy crisis assistance

*Weatherization and energy-related home repairs

If you can’t afford to pay your home energy bill, your home may not be safe and you may be at risk or serious illness or injury.

Stay healthy in your home:

Energy assistance is important to all that receive it but more so if someone in your home is elderly, disabled or a young child under 6 years old. These persons are especially as risk for life-threatening illness or death if the home is too cold in the winter or too hot in the summer.

Be safe in your home:

You can face safety risks if you are unable to pay your home energy bills. Some people resort to unsafe methods to keep their homes warm or cool. These include the use of fireplaces, stoves, improperly vented portable heaters, barbecue grills or overloading electrical circuits. These methods are not only fire hazards but also create the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

What information do I need to apply?

You may need the following:

*Recent copies of your utility bills.

*A recent payroll stub or other proof that shows your current gross income.

*Documentation showing income from Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, Pension Funds, disability, etc.

*Final Utility, Termination Notice (if you’ve received a shut-off notice from your energy company).

*Proof of present address (e.g. rent receipt, lease or deed, property tax bill).

*Social Security cards (or numbers) for all persons living in your household.

*Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residence.

For more information about LIHEAP and where to apply:

You can call the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) project. NEAR is a free service providing information on where you can apply for LIHEAP. You can speak to someone at NEAR Monday through Friday from 7:00am-5:00pm (Mountain Time).

Call the toll-free phone number at: 1-866-674-6327 or send an email to : or you can contact your local LIHEAP office at:

The information presented by:

Administration for Children & Families

Office of Community Services

Division of Energy Assistance

Disclaimer: This information was taken from the LIHEAP pamphlet and I give them full credit on the information. Please call them for more information.



About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" ( 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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1 Response to The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) may be able to help keep you and your family safe and healthy

  1. jwatrel says:

    Please call the above numbers for more information on the program.

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