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ISSUE DATE: 11/2011

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low income people pay heating costs and reduce home energy consumption through conservation and weatherization activities. Additional assistance may be available in emergency situations. Payments are made directly to the household’s energy vendor.

To be eligible for LIHEAP, people must meet income, asset, and other eligibility requirements.

People may apply for LIHEAP at their county's LIHEAP agency between the program year running from October 1st through September 30th. In addition, mail applications may be available for some households beginning August 1st, at the discretion of the LIHEAP agency.

The LIHEAP agency may be a community action council or agency; economic opportunity or assistance agency; county human services or social services agency; citizen action council or agency; or a reservation business committee.

The amount of help LIHEAP provides depends on the type of services and the household's size and income.

See 0017.06 (Excluded Income) for information on how to treat LIHEAP payments.

For more information on LIHEAP, call 1-800-657-3710.

A list of energy assistance providers may be found on the LIHEAP web site.

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