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Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Updated on October 26, 2010

Are you having trouble paying your heating bill due to financial hardship?  If so, you may be able to apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  The program was set up by the government to help people living in poverty have the ability to heat their homes.  This is a very useful program because energy is a necessity.  When it gets cold in the winter time, you would have to turn on the heat otherwise you could freeze to death.  Energy is also important for cooking.  In order to quality for energy assistance, you have to be living under the poverty line or have a medical condition.  LIHEAP will pay your electric bill, supply you with firewood, etc once you have been accepted into the program.  You will need to fill out an application which would include your income information.

Before you go fill out an application, check your state for the exact requirements for participating in LIHEAP.  Every state has different income requirements.  This is because the cost of living in some states is higher.  Income also varies across different states.  For example, the income requirement for LIHEAP in the South may be higher than it is up North.  You can get this information at your LIHEAP office.  This is where you will get the application too.  You could also find this information online as well.  When you go down to the office to fill out the application, be sure you bring pay stubs or W2, identification, and other pertinent information.  This information will be used when you fill out the application. 

On the application you will be asked what type of energy you use at home.  Some people use electric and others use a furnace.  Depending on what you use, you will need to indicate this on the form so that LIHEAP can provide you with the right resources.  If you use electric, they would probably send you a check.


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