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.

If your household’s income has been reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for Disaster ECI benefits with different income limits than shown below. You may provide details of the reduced Income caused by COVID-19 pandemic in the Information section of the application and provide supporting documents such as a letter from your employer, unemployment award letter, etc.

Clients can apply for the Energy Credit (EC) OR the Emergency Crisis Intervention (ECI) once per program year. HCAP’s district services centers are currently providing services. Please call your local HCAP District Service Center for information on the program and how to apply.

You can also download and fill out these Application forms:

LIHEAP Informational Flyers

Self Employment Earnings (L-12)

Self Employment Earnings (L-12) Writable

Energy Credit (EC)

LIHEAP provides supplemental support to offset client energy costs. Applications are processed only in June and applicants must be at or below 150% of the federal poverty guideline and have an active utility account. Regardless of income, the household qualifies if there is at least one person in the household that receives SNAP (Food Stamps) or SSI.

Everyone who lives in the house (or uses the electricity 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)

The purpose is to restore or prevent termination of electric or gas power in the current residence.

  • Applicants must have a notice of disconnection.
  • Applications are processed year round.
  • Applicants must be at or below 150% of the federal poverty guideline and have an active utility account. Regardless of income, the household qualifies if there is at least one person in the household that receives SNAP (Food Stamps) or SSI. Everyone who lives in the house (or uses the electricity 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.