Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)

 
5; 6
Economic Assistance
Children and Family Services
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Notice of Public Hearing

NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

August 17, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. CT

State Office Building, Lower Level Conf. Room A

301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE

Phone call information: 877-399-0501; Participant code: 3213662#

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Children and Family Services is holding this hearing to accept comments on a proposed state plan for:

  • The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program for the period of October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.  The state plan is submitted annually to the federal Department of Health and Human Services, which provides funding to states to assist low-income individuals and families with home heating and cooling costs.  The plan describes Nebraska's program, including eligibility requirements and benefit guidelines.  The proposed plan can be requested via e-mail at DHHS.LIHEAPPolicyQuestions@nebraska.gov, via phone at 402-417-9435, or via mail at 1955 E Military Ave Fremont, NE 68025.

Due to the current public health crisis, the agency will enforce any Directed Health Measure Order on the size of gatherings that is in effect at the time of the hearing. In order to encourage participation in this public hearing, a phone conference line will be set up for any member of the public to call in and provide oral comments. Interested persons may provide verbal comments by participating via phone conference line by calling 877-399-0501; Participant code: 3213662#.

Interested persons are invited to submit written comments or to attend and comment at the hearing.  Written comments should be submitted by 5:00 p.m. CT on August 17, 2020 and sent to the address above.

If auxiliary aids or reasonable accommodations are needed to participate in the hearing, please call 402-471-8223.  For persons with hearing impairments, please call 402-471-9570 (voice and TDD) or the Nebraska Relay System at 711 or 800-833-7352 TDD.


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The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low income households stay safe and healthy by providing financial assistance to offset the costs of heating and cooling. LIHEAP particularly helps households that pay a high portion of household income for home energy to meet immediate home energy needs.

The LIHEAP Program provides heating assistance, cooling assistance, year round crisis assistance, emergency furnace repair and replacement, fan program and weatherization services for eligible Nebraska citizens/households. LIHEAP in Nebraska is solely funded through a federal grant (no general fund authority for aid).  

For further assistance, or an application, contact the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services office in your county.

Size of HouseholdAnnual Income
​1​$16,237
​2​$21,983
​3​$27,729
​4​$33,475
​5​$39,221
​6​$44,967
​7​$50,713
​8​$56,459

 

How does a person apply for assistance from LIHEAP?

They can either apply by phone, electronic application or paper application.

Where do I apply?

They can apply by filling out an application via the ACCESSNebraska website: or by calling ACCESSNebraska at (800) 383-4278

Heating Assistance

Heating season runs from October 1st to March 31st. If the household has an active Economic Assistance case, LIHEAP eligibility can be determined without requiring the household to submit a new application. If the household does not have an active Economic Assistance case, the household must submit an agency approved application to have eligibility for the LIHEAP program determined. This assistance is paid directly to their heating provider. If there is no active EA assistance, the household will need to submit an application for LIHEAP consideration.

Cooling Assistance

The cooling season runs from June 1st to August 31st. To qualify for cooling assistance, a household must qualify for LIHEAP and include a household member who:

  • Is a child under age 6 who receives ADC
  • Is age 70 or older
  • Has a severe illness or condition which is aggravated by extreme heat as verified by a medical statement signed by a licensed healthcare provider
  • DHHS has purchased an air conditioner for the household within four years of the current application date

If a household member has a severe illness or condition which is aggravated by extreme heat an IM-55 is required for medical verification of need for cooling. This information has to be updated annually unless the medical condition has been verified as longer the one year in duration.

Fan Program

Nebraska DHHS administers funds to local organizations that purchase and distribute fans to those in need.  Eligibility for this service is determined by the organizations distributing the fans.  Organizations typically begin distributing fans around June 1st.  View Fan Program Contacts for the participating organizations.

Crisis Program

Assists households that are under immediate threat of loss of home energy because it has received a shut off notice, had utilities discontinued, lacks energy service delivery or anticipates removal from a provider's budget plan that occurred in the last 90 days. Crisis assistance is made available to eligible households throughout the program year

Deposit Assistance

To qualify for assistance with a deposit or reconnect fee, the household must be eligible for crisis assistance and must have received no deposit or reconnect assistance for the same fuel type within the previous 36 months unless extenuating circumstances exist in the Department's discretion.

Window Air Conditioning Unit Assistance

To qualify for assistance to purchase a window air conditioning unit, the household must be eligible for cooling assistance, provide estimates for the cost of purchase as requested by the Department and have received no assistance to purchase a window air conditioning unit within the previous 60 months, unless extenuating circumstances exist as determined in the Department's discretion.

Repair/Replacement Program

To qualify for repair or replacement assistance for a furnace or central air conditioner in a home owned or being purchased by a household, the household must be eligible for LIHEAP heating (for furnace) or cooling (for air conditioning) assistance. The Program pays a maximum of $750.00 for repair or replacement. Assistance with these repairs cannot occur more than once every 60 months.