What is Ohio HEAP/LIHEAP? – Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

HEAP is a federally funded program that issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost. HEAP program was started in 1981 and is funded by federal government. HEAP also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency. Additionally, HEAP offers a heating equipment repair and/or replacement benefit for homeowners with inoperable heating equipment.

HEAP may help you pay for Electricity, Propane, Natural Gas, Wood, Oil, Kerosene, Coal, or any other heating fuel.

Do You Qualify for HEAP Ohio?

To qualify for Ohio HEAP, you must be enrolled in a qualifying social service program (see below):

  • Must be a resident of the state of Ohio
  • Must need financial assistance for home energy costs
  • You receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamp) benefits or
  • You receive Temporary Assistance or
  • You receive Code A Supplemental Security Income (SSI Living Alone)
  • OR your income must be below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines.

Applications for regular HEAP benefits will be accepted beginning around November of the year.

How to apply for Ohio HEAP

Click here to download the Ohio HEAP application.  Complete the application and submit proof of eligibility to the following address:

Office of Community Assistance

Home Energy Assistance Program

P.O. Box 1240

Columbus, OH 43216

Ohio also provides Weatherization Assistance Program (Ohio WAP) service for those who qualify.

Contact Information on Ohio HEAP:

Ohio Department of Development
P.O. Box 1001
77 South High, 25th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43216
TEL: (614) 644-6637
FAX: (614) 728-6832
E-MAIL: randall.hunt@development.ohio.gov
WEB SITE: http://development.ohio.gov/is/is_energyassist.htm
PUBLIC INQUIRIES: 1-800-282-0880 (TDD: 1-800-686-1557)

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