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LIHEAP is designed "to assist low-income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes, that pay a high proportion of household income for home energy, primarily in meeting their immediate home energy needs."  This assistance targets the costs of heating and cooling in residential dwellings.

How to Apply: Unlike some Federal programs, applications, eligibility rules, types of assistance, and benefit levels can vary greatly among LIHEAP programs throughout the country. The Federal government does not send or accept applications for LIHEAP assistance. For information on applying for LIHEAP assistance, please contact your:

LIHEAP State or Territory agency
LIHEAP Indian Tribe or Tribal Organization agency

You may also contact the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) project. NEAR is a free service providing information on where to apply for LIHEAP assistance. NEAR can be contacted by e-mail Visit disclaimer page (please include your city, county and state in your e-mail message) or by using NEAR's toll-free phone number 1-866-674-6327 (or 1-866-NRG-NEAR).  You can also access the online referral directory here Visit disclaimer page .

Additional information about LIHEAP can be found in our Program Brochure. 

Brochure, (PDF (PDF))
Español, (PDF (PDF))

You may also visit our Consumer Frequently Asked Questions for answers to commonly asked questions that you may have about LIHEAP assistance.  

Indoor Health and Safety: Safe, reliable, and continuous home heating and cooling are a necessity of life. The inability to heat or cool one's home adequately can put people at risk for serious health and safety problems. Households with a frail, elderly, disabled person, or a young child are more prone to the effects of poorly regulated indoor temperatures.  For more information, please click here.

Resources: More information related to low-income energy assistance can be found here.

Other Federal Resources: If you are interested in other Federal benefits that you may qualify for, please visit the following web sites:

•An overall resource for consumers on a variety of topics can be found at Visit disclaimer page . Visit disclaimer page  is the Federal government's benefits web site.  This is a free tool that can help you find government benefits that you may be eligible to receive.

If you can't afford to pay your home energy bills, your home may not be safe and you may be at risk of serious illness or injury.  Learn more about ACF's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

This is information on how to apply for LIHEAP assistance (Spanish version).

SSBG Fact Sheet

November 15, 2018

Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) Fact Sheet

LIHEAP Division of Energy Assistance Fact Sheet.

RCD Fact Sheet FY 2019

November 15, 2018

This resource provides brief details for the Rural Community Development Program; such as, uses for the grants, eligible applicants for the grants, and the legislative authority for the grants.

CED Fact Sheet FY 2019

November 15, 2018

This resource provides general information about the CED program.

AFI Fact Sheet

November 14, 2018

The Assets for Independence Program Summary includes information regarding the program's grant, including the type of grant, the appropriation amount, the legislative authority, the program's purpose, target population, and eligible applicants.

The CSBG Network is composed of multiple partners, including Federal administrators; State, Territory, and Tribal grantees; local CSBG-eligible entities and other eligible entities; State Community Action Associations; and national partner associations. Federal responsibility for administration of CSBG falls within the Division of State Assistance (DSA) in the Office of Community Services (OCS) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Many low-income individuals and families who are eligible for AFI-funded IDA projects are also eligible to receive benefits from Federal refundable tax credits. These include the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, American Opportunity Credit, and the Making Work Pay Credit. This Guidance for AFI Grantees on Federal Tax Credits provides tips for AFI grantees on: 1) The effect of these credits on eligibility for participating in an AFI-funded IDA project; and 2) Depositing the credits as IDA savings.