Help Paying Bills: Get Assistance With Your Utility Bills With LIHEAP
All About LIHEAP
If you need help with your home energy bills, a federally-funded program called LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) might be a godsend!
LIHEAP provides help to low-income families who are in need of assistance to pay for their cooling or heating bills. The program helps families stay cool during the summer time and warm during the winter time which in turn reduces the risk of people’s safety and of course health. People who cannot afford to pay their energy bills are likely to try keeping their places cool or warm by resorting to methods that are simply quite dangerous. Use of barbecue grills, stoves, fireplaces, and overloading of electrical circuits in general can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning and fire hazards.
While LIHEAP is important for all who get it, it is especially important to residents who are disabled, elderly or are young children. This group of people in particular is more at risk of suffering life threatening illnesses or death if their places of residence are extremely hot in the summer or very cold in the winter.
LIHEAP offers the following assistance: Utility bill payment, energy-related house repairs, and energy crisis help.
A LIHEAP agency in your area will determine if you meet the eligibility requirements for your state. But in general, to qualify your income must be less than 150% of the federal poverty level or 60% of the state median poverty level.
If you are considered low income and are approved for LIHEAP, expect to start getting assistance on your utility bill. It’s important that your electric bills are adjusted according to your energy assistance benefit, so don’t forget to let the energy assistance office in your state know who your energy provider is. With LIHEAP, your energy bill will either be reduced, or paid for entirely.
To see if you’re eligible for LIHEAP assistance you will have to complete the LIHEAP application in your state. Click on the link below to select LIHEAP for your state and follow the instructions.