To qualify for LIHEAP, a household must:
NOTE: Each LIHEAP service type has specific requirements. Weatherization and HCRRA have different eligibility requirements.
LIHEAP Gross Income Limit (150% of Federal Poverty Level)
The cooling season is from June 1st through August 31st. Payments are made one time per cooling season to utility providers. The cooling assistance payment reduces the amount a household must pay toward residential cooling utilities. The household is responsible to pay for utilities not covered by the cooling assistance payment. To qualify, a household must be LIHEAP-eligible and include a household member who:
NOTE: If a household member has a severe illness or condition which is aggravated by extreme heat, an IM-55 is required to be completed by a licensed healthcare provider to verify the need for cooling assistance. DHHS will provide the household with the IM-55 upon request.
If the household has an active or pending Economic Assistance (EA) case, the household may request LIHEAP without submitting a new application. If the household does not have an active or pending EA case, the household must submit an agency-approved application for LIHEAP.
Individuals can request or apply for LIHEAP through DHHS:
Individuals can obtain information for LIHEAP services through NDEE (weatherization and HCRRA):
LIHEAP aid is 100% financed with Federal funds. LIHEAP administrative costs are paid with Federal and State funds, which vary annually.