The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is a Federally-funded program that provides for a one-time cash payment to help eligible families pay their heating bills. This payment is usually received in February of each year.
A household that applies must:
- Have at least one U.S. citizen or noncitizen who meets the eligibility criteria
- Meet an income test
- Have reserves at or below $2,200
- Be responsible for its heating bills
Energy Assistance is important to all that receive it, but more so if someone in your home is elderly, disabled or a young child under 6 years old. These persons are especially at risk for life threatening illness of death if their home is too cold in the winter or too hot in the summer.
Crisis Intervention Program
Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) provides assistance with electric bills (heating and cooling); assistance with purchasing gas (heating only).
Program Requirements: Must be a heating or cooling crisis. Assistance must alleviate a crisis. Must be below the income limit (150% of poverty level). Households may receive assistance more than once a year, but these decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
General Information: Decisions on applications must be made within 48 hours. An application can be held only two days (awaiting information from the client). Program will pay only the past amount due on the account (electric bills); client may be required to pay on the account before DSS can assist; heating or cooling crisis is determined by outside temperature at time of application.
Energy Neighbor provides assistance with electric bills (heating or cooling), assistance with purchasing gas (heating only), and assistance with purchasing fans.
Program Requirements: Must be a heating or cooling crisis; assistance must alleviate a crisis; cooling assistance between June 1st and October 31st; heating assistance between November 1 and May 31st; must be below the income limit (150% of poverty level); households may receive assistance more than once a year, but these decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.