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         Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)
 
      
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 & Replacement, Fan Program, and Weatherization services for eligible Nebraska citizens/households. LIHEAP in Nebraska is solely funded through the 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.
 

LIHEAP Program year is October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018 the income limits are:  

Size of Household Annual Income
1 $15,678
2 $21,112
3 $26,546
4 $31,980
5 $37,414
6 $42,848
7 $48,282
8 $53,599

 

For each additional household member add $5,434

   Click each section for more information.

How does a person apply for a receive assistance from LIHEAP?

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

Where do they apply?

They can apply by filling out an application via the ACCESSNebraska website: and or by calling ACCESSNebraska at 1-800-383-4278.

HEATING ASSISTANCE

Heating season runs from October 1st to March 31st. If the Household is receiving any active Economic Assistance Program assistance, they qualify for heating assistance, 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 4 years of the current application date.
If the Household does a severe illness or condition which is aggravated by extreme heat a 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.

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.
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