Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
LIHEAP is a Federally funded grant program that is administered at
the State level. Through this program, low income Americans are able
to access cash to help pay their heating or cooling bills. The money
comes from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and
States then use the allocated funds to help individuals with their
energy bill payments, energy related home repairs, and with energy
crisis management. The goal is to ensure that the homes people live
in are safe and healthy for those who live there.
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development received over $34
billion to allocate to various housing grant programs, including
grants to help pay bills such as heating bills. Within HUD, the US
Administration of Children and Families, through the Division of
Energy Assistance in the Office of Community Services, is
responsible for program administration at the federal level.
Energy assistance is not provided to individuals directly from the
federal government. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance program is
administered by each of the 50 States, as well as the District of
Columbia, the US territories, and Indian tribes or tribal
Those wishing to access LIHEAP energy grants are required to contact
their State or local LIHEAP office. You can find a listing of state
LIHEAP grant offices and contact information here.
In addition, you can contact the NEAR program (National Energy
Assistance Program) for information about the Low Income Energy
Assistance funding that may be available to you.
Grants for utilities are only one of the myriad of ways the
government tries to help people live safely and comfortably. Many
other programs exist designed to help individuals with housing,
health, and safety requirements.
where you can get money for your heating bills with the
Able Grants Guide.
Able Government Grants