Low-Income Energy Assistance

National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR)

By emailing us at energyassistance@ncat.org, you will access the LIHEAP Clearinghouse’s National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) project. 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. Or, call NEAR toll-free at 1-866-674-6327 or TTY 1-866-367-6228 for energy assistance referral.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

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.

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.

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)
1 $17,820
2 $24,030
3 $30,240
4 $36,450
5 $42,660
6 $48,870
7 $55,095
8 $61,335

Your Next Steps

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

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

Program Contact Information

For more information about LIHEAP:
You can call the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) project. NEAR is a free service providing information on where you can apply for LIHEAP. You can speak to someone at NEAR Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m.- 5 p.m. (Mountain Time).
You can:

  • Call the toll-free phone number at: 1-866-674-6327
  • send an e-mail to: energy@ncat.org
  • or you can contact your State’s LIHEAP office


A list of frequently asked questions about LIHEAP is also available here.

Additional Information

Length of Program Fiscal Year Program
Tribes Funded by this Program 152 Tribal Organization in Fiscal Year 2015
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate) Varies from year to year
Entities Eligible for Grant Assistance Federally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations
Current Method of Tribal Eligibility Program not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program? No
Type of Assistance Provided Grant
Recurring Base Funding for Tribes Yes
Funding Type Mandatory
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number 93.568
Matching Funds Required No
Can the funding from the program be renewed Yes

Oregon Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)

 

Program Description

The Oregon Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. LIEAP is an assistance program designed to help low income households with home heating costs.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Oregon and you must need financial assistance for home energy costs.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below 60 percent of the State Median Income:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $22,626
2 $29,587
3 $36,549
4 $43,511
5 $50,473
6 $57,434
7 $58,740
8 $60,045


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 program.

Application Process

To apply for this program, please contact the local administering agency.

Program Contact Information

Arkansas Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

 

Program Description

The Home Energy Assistance Program helps low-income households with home energy costs by administering Regular Assistance and Crisis Intervention Programs. Each program provides financial assistance to eligible households with a one-time per year payment to the household’s energy supplier or, under certain circumstances, to the applicant. The Crisis Intervention Program provides assistance to eligible households facing energy-related emergencies.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Arkansas and 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.

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)
1 $17,820
2 $24,030
3 $30,240
4 $36,450
5 $42,660
6 $48,870
7 $55,095
8 $61,335

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

To apply, locate your nearest Community Action Agency and call, email, or write to them expressing your desire to apply.

Program Contact Information

Please visit the Arkansas Department of Human Services to find out more information about the LIHEAP program.

Utah Home Energy Assistance Training (HEAT) Program

 

Program Description

The Utah Home Energy Assistance Target (HEAT) Program helps low-income households with their heating utility bills. This program provides winter utility assistance to low-income households targeting those who are truly vulnerable – the lowest-income households with the highest heating costs, the disabled, elderly, and families with preschool-age children. Utah received over $23 million in Federal funds in the fiscal year 2014 for the HEAT program. HEAT is not a welfare program. A family does not need to be receiving welfare in order to qualify for this program. It is a Federal Funded Energy Assistance Program that is operating through this office.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Utah and 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)
1 $14,850
2 $20,025
3 $25,200
4 $30,375
5 $35,550
6 $40,725
7 $45,912
8 $51,112

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

To apply for this program, please contact the local administering agency near you:
local administering agency near you

Program Contact Information

For more information, please visit the HEAT program website.
To contact HEAT program manager Sue Kolthoff, please send an e-mail to skolthoff@utah.gov.
Or you may telephone toll-free and speak to Rhonda, Brian or Sanobi (ext. 80057, 80014 or ext. 80010 respectively) of the HEAT Program: 1-866-205-4357.