Learn about energy grants and other programs for low income earners to help with energy costs.

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 organizations.

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. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/liheap/grantees/states.html

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.
http://www.ncat.org/liheap/referral.htm

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.


Learn where you can get money for your heating bills with the Able Grants Guide.



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