Low-Income Energy Assistance

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally-funded program that helps low-income households pay their home heating and cooling bills. It operates in every state and the District of Columbia, as well as on most tribal reservations and U.S. territories.

To learn more about LIHEAP eligibility requirements in your area, visit the state snapshots page on the LIHEAP Clearinghouse website.

National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR)

If you need help finding your local Low-Income Energy Office, call the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) toll-free at 1-866-674-6327 or TTY 1-866-367-6228 for energy assistance referral. Or, email NEAR at energyassistance@ncat.org.

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.

LIHEAP Clearinghouse

The LIHEAP Clearinghouse is a federal website which serves as a hub for information about the variation that exists among LIHEAP grantees in the operation of their programs. The overall goal of the LIHEAP Clearinghouse is to expand and enhance information exchange on low-income energy issues with the national low-income energy network.

Since 1988, the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) has operated the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Clearinghouse through a training and technical assistance contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services, Division of Energy Assistance.

The Clearinghouse collects, develops, organizes and disseminates reports, issue briefs, program information, training tools, and other energy-related information to LIHEAP grantees, community action agencies, energy assistance service organizations, fuels funds, utilities, and regulatory commissions.