Program DescriptionThe Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists eligible low-income households with their heating and cooling energy costs, and, if the state chooses, to weatherize homes.
General Program RequirementsIn order to qualify for this benefit program, you must need financial assistance for home energy costs.
A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessTo find out whether you are eligible to receive LIHEAP benefits, contact your state or tribal LIHEAP office. Information about how to contact each office can be obtained at:
For help applying for LIHEAP benefits, you may also call this toll-free number:
Program Contact Information
You can call the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) project. NEAR is a free service providing information on where you can apply for LIHEAP. You can speak to someone at NEAR Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m.- 5 p.m. (Mountain Time).
- Call the toll-free phone number at: 1-866-674-6327
- send an e-mail to:firstname.lastname@example.org
- or you can contact your State's LIHEAP office
A list of frequently asked questions about LIHEAP is also available at: