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Energy Assistance Available to Pay for Heat and Repairs

You might not be aware of a federal program that provides assistance for costs associated with home energy bills and the weatherization of homes or energy related minor home repairs.

The LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) provides about $3.5 billion in assistance to families across the United States.

LIHEAP is designed “to assist low-income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes, that pay a high proportion of household income for home energy, primarily in meeting their immediate home energy needs.” This assistance targets the costs of heating and cooling in residential dwellings.

How to Apply: Unlike some Federal programs, applications, eligibility rules, types of assistance, and benefit levels can vary greatly among LIHEAP programs throughout the country. The Federal government does not send or accept applications for LIHEAP assistance. For information on applying for LIHEAP assistance, please contact your:

LIHEAP State or Territory agency
LIHEAP Indian Tribe or Tribal Organization agency

You may also contact the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) project. NEAR is a free service providing information on where to apply for LIHEAP assistance. NEAR can be contacted by e-mail [email protected] (please include your city, county and state in your e-mail message) or by using NEAR’s toll-free phone number 1-866-674-6327 (or 1-866-NRG-NEAR). You can also access the online referral directory here.


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