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Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Program Description

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists eligible low-income households with their heating and cooling energy costs, and, if the state chooses, to weatherize homes.

General Program Requirements

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

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.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

To find out whether you are eligible to receive LIHEAP benefits, contact your state or tribal LIHEAP office. Information about how to contact each office can be obtained at:

For help applying for LIHEAP benefits, you may also call this toll-free number:

Program Contact Information

Each state is responsible for administering and designing its own program, which includes determining eligibility requirements and providing assistance within Federal guidelines. For more information about these guidelines, visit:
A list of frequently asked questions about this program is also available at:
You may also request additional information by writing to the following e-mail address (please include your city, county, and state in your message):