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HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) is a US government grant program for Low Income / Disabled / and Seniors house-owners or renters.
(USA only! Other Countries MAY have energy rebates for low income people - please check!)

Software Santa was awarded a $277 credit to his gas and electric bill in early August 2014 - it takes 6 ~ 8 weeks for the Amount to be credited to the utility. A couple of months later a utility bill arrived that said "Credit balance: do not pay." on it.

                      In Early 2019, another $240 Credit was awarded to Software Santa.

See Also: WAP - Weatherization Assistance Program does FREE home energy improvements!   

How would you like someone to pay your utility bills for several months a year? And would you like someone to pay for weatherstripping your House and Insulating your attic (EVEN if you RENT?!?)?  And would you like for somebody to pay to replace some of your old appliances with NEW high energy efficiency ones?

HEAP Assistance Expanded in New York Following Harsh Winter

March 8, 2019 –

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that an additional $15 million will be available to assist New Yorkers who have faced a heating emergency following harsh winter condition caused by the polar vortex. The additional funding will assist New Yorkers through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).

Households may apply for a second emergency benefit through New York’s Home Energy Assistance Program if they are in danger of running out of heating fuel or a utility shutoff. Also, the application period for heating assistance through HEAP has been extended until April 26 for both emergency and regular benefits.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “Families should not have to choose between heating their homes and paying for other essentials like food or medications. With much of the state remaining in winter’s icy grasp, the availability of this extra funding will help our most vulnerable New Yorkers stay warm and safe through the duration of the season. I encourage anyone who may need help paying their heating bills this winter to apply for assistance.”

Maine and Rhode Island both got additional funds added in early 2019!


Program Description
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists eligible low-income households with their heating and cooling energy costs, bill payment assistance, energy crisis assistance, weatherization and energy-related home repairs.

Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must need financial assistance for home energy costs.

   In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)

*For households with more than eight people, add $6,240 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.

Application Process
To find out whether you are eligible to receive LIHEAP benefits, contact your state or tribal LIHEAP office.
For help applying for LIHEAP benefits, you may also call this toll-free number: 1-866-674-6327

     Low-Income Energy Assistance
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally-funded program that helps low-income households pay their home heating and cooling bills. It operates in every state and the District of Columbia, as well as on most tribal reservations and U.S. territories.
To learn more about LIHEAP eligibility requirements in your area, visit the state snapshots page on the LIHEAP Clearinghouse website.

National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR)
If you need help finding your local Low-Income Energy Office, call the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) toll-free at 1-866-674-6327 or TTY 1-866-367-6228 for energy assistance referral. Or, email NEAR at
NEAR is a free service for persons who want information on where to apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which may pay a portion of the energy bills of eligible low-income persons. Please include your city, county and state in your email message.

LIHEAP Clearinghouse
The LIHEAP Clearinghouse is a federal website which serves as a hub for information about the variation that exists among LIHEAP grantees in the operation of their programs. The overall goal of the LIHEAP Clearinghouse is to expand and enhance information exchange on low-income energy issues with the national low-income energy network.
Since 1988, the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) has operated the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Clearinghouse through a training and technical assistance contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services, Division of Energy Assistance.
The Clearinghouse collects, develops, organizes and disseminates reports, issue briefs, program information, training tools, and other energy-related information to LIHEAP grantees, community action agencies, energy assistance service organizations, fuels funds, utilities, and regulatory commissions. 

  State Low-Income Energy Profiles                       

Find help from other assistance programs

Select a state from the drop-down list on their site to get information and contacts for LIHEAP and other state, utility and charitable assistance programs, or choose from the states listed below to view and download a LIHEAP application.

State Energy Assistance Applications
Note: Some states do not have applications to download


What You'll Find Here

LIHEAP is a block grant, which means that state and tribal grantees may, within statutory parameters, operate their programs as they see fit, based on their budgets, administrative and program delivery structures, client demographics, and other factors. As a result, the variations in state program practices are nearly endless.

Each State and Local Community has different programs!

If all the above hasn't helped you find out who is administrating your State's LIHEAP program please try this special Google Search to help find them:

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