Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed to help families keep their utilities (gas or electric) on, especially those households that are most vulnerable, such as the elderly, the disabled, and households with young children. LIHEAP primarily assists households by applying an energy assistance grant directly to the energy provider on behalf of the eligible household.

Clients can apply for the Energy Credit OR the Emergency Crisis Intervention once per program year. Please call or visit your local HCAP District Service Center for assistance.

Energy Credit (EC)

LIHEAP provides supplemental support to offset client energy costs. Applications are processed only in June and applicant must be at 150% of the federal poverty guideline and have an active utility account.

Everyone that lives in the house (or that use the electric if more than one dwelling is on one electric meter) must be listed as part of the household. Applicant must provide picture IDs for all adults, social security cards for everyone, proof of income, and a current, original electric bill.

The amount of the credit given to each household varies each year.

Emergency Crisis Intervention (ECI)

Applicants must meet the same qualifications as those applying for the Energy Credit program except that they must have a notice of disconnection instead of a current utility bill.