Help with Paying for Heating or Cooling

Publication Date: December 15, 2014

ProgramMan installing air conditioner unit

LIHEAP is a Federally-funded program that helps low-income households with their home energy bills. LIHEAP awards funds to all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, and the U.S. territories.

Services Available

LIHEAP may be able to offer you one or more of the following types of assistance:

  • Bill payment assistance;
  • Energy crisis assistance;
  • Weatherization or energy efficiency improvements; and
  • Energy-related home repairs.

How to Receive Services/Assistance

LIHEAP assistance is provided locally by organizations selected by the state. You can call the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) line. NEAR is a free service providing information on where you can apply for LIHEAP.

The federal government does not provide energy assistance directly to the public.

Contact Information

To locate the energy assistance office in your area, please call the National Energy Assistance Referral line toll-free phone number at: 1-866-674-6327 or email:  You can also contact your State and Territory grantee or Tribal grantee for information on applying for LIHEAP assistance.

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