Question: What are the income/resource limits and requirements for LIHEAP?
Answer: Each state has their own requirements but generally, the income must be under 150% of the Federal Income Poverty Guideline. Generally, there is no resource limit as long as your income is not over the 150% FPL. Make check to check with your state LIHEAP program about the resource limit.
Question: Who is eligible for LIHEAP?
Answer: Both homeowners and renters who are responsible for their heating bills and have a low or fixed income are eligible. The most important factor is your income limit. LIHEAP eligibility is based on 150% of the Federal Income Poverty Guideline.
Generally, if your income is below 150% of the Federal Income Poverty Guide and you pay for heating, then you qualify for LIHEAP.
Question: How are LIHEAP payments made?
Answer: LIHEAP payments varies from state to state. Some states, if you are eligible, a payment will be sent directly to the utility/fuel company you designate and the payment will be credited on your bill.
In some states, a check may be mailed directly to you.
Question: What is Weatherization Assistance Program?
Answer: Weatherization Assistance (also known as WAP) is a program that pays for improvements to your home that heating and insulation. By making these heating and cooling improvements (such as adding attic insulation, caulking or weather stripping), it will cost less to heat your home.
Question: How much do I get from LIHEAP?
Answer: The amount of LIHEAP grant / payment varies widely from state to state. There are many factors to consider. It depends on how many people live in your household, their income, the type of fuel you use, and the size and type of dwelling you live in. Those families with the lowest incomes and the highest cost for energy will get the most help paying their bills.
In Pennsylvania, for example, the LIHEAP grant is from $100 to $1,000.
Question: When does LIHEAP start accepting applications?
Answer: Generally, each state accepts LIHEAP application on November 1 of each year although it might be different in your state. Make sure to confirm with your state’s LIHEAP program.
Question: How to apply for LIHEAP?
Answer: Each state administers their own LIHEAP program. Most states have websites where you can download LIHEAP applications and get more information.
Click here to access the LIHEAP program in all 50 states .
Generally, to be eligible for LIHEAP, your gross income be under 150% of the Federal Income Poverty Guideline. Below if for 2015 Year figure. Each year, the poverty guideline will be adjusted.
Below is the table for 150% of the Federal Income Poverty Guideline.
150% of Poverty Guidelines
||Monthly Income Limit
||3 Month Income Limit
|| $ 4,413
|| $ 5,973
|| $ 7,533
|| $ 9,093
|Each Additional Member
|| $ 1,560
Question: Do I have to own a home to qualify for LIHEAP?
Answer: No, to qualify for LIHEAP, you may either be a renter or a home owner. It doesn’t matter as long as you need financial resources to pay for heat during the winter months.
Generally, to be eligible for LIHEAP, your gross income be under 150% of the Federal Income Poverty Guideline. Make sure to check with your state LIHEAP program as every state has different income guideline.
Question: What is LIHEAP Program?
Answer: LIHEAP stands for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program or also known as HEAP Program. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps low income people pay their heating bills through energy assistance grants and emergency repair assistance.
Generally there are two types of LIHEAP assistance: Cash and Crisis grants. You may be eligible to apply for one or both of them.