Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

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Providing funds from a federal block grant program to help low-income Washington state households maintain affordable, dependable utility services and avoid shutoff during the winter.

LIHEAP makes energy assistance available to citizens of Washington through a network of community action agencies and local municipalities. These organizations perform program eligibility determinations and award LIHEAP grants to eligible households. Each agency has their own procedures that will need to be followed in order to receive LIHEAP services.

How to Apply

In order to apply for LIHEAP, you must schedule an appointment with the organization that offers services in your area.

Click here to view a county map and select the county you live in.You'll find the contact information for the agency in your area, as well as instructions for scheduling a LIHEAP appointment.

You can also use the Prescreening and Scheduling Tool, which will either give you contact information for your county or allow you to schedule an appointment depending on your local assistance agency.

NOTE: The Department of Commerce is the state agency that administers the LIHEAP program in Washington. Commerce does not determine eligibility or award grants to households.

Services

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded block grant administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Community Services. The program's intent is to assist low-income households meet their immediate home energy needs.

In Washington State, LIHEAP assists households whose incomes are at or below 125 percent of the federal poverty level. These households pay a much higher proportion of their incomes for their home heating needs. As a result, they are at risk of losing access to heat during cold-weather months. The program is designed to help these families keep their heat on, especially those households that are most vulnerable, such as the elderly, the disabled, and households with young children.

LIHEAP primarily assists households by applying an energy assistance grant directly to the energy provider on behalf of the eligible household. In some situations, LIHEAP may also be able to help repair or replace an unsafe, dysfunctional, and/or inoperative heating system. Households who are eligible for LIHEAP may also qualify to have their homes made more energy efficient through the Weatherization Program.

Help us strengthen the program integrity of Washington State LIHEAP. Please report suspected fraud to the Department of Commerce LIHEAP administrators by calling 360-725-2857.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you reside in Washington State, your household has not received a LIHEAP grant during the current program year (Oct-June), and your household meets the income guidelines for the program, then you may be eligible for LIHEAP. The income limits are set at 125% of the federal poverty level (FPL) and may be located on theEligibility Guidelines (PDF) page. The eligibility information provided on this site is only a guide. Eligibility has to be determined through your local LIHEAP provider. Find the provider in your area on the “How To Apply” page, and schedule an appointment today.

 

LIHEAP is primarily used to assist households with a one-time heating grant made directly to the energy provider. In some cases, our program may also be able to assist you in the repair or replacement of an unsafe, inoperative, and/or dysfunctional heat system.

 

LIHEAP is not the only energy assistance program available in Washington. Many energy providers across the state administer their own energy assistance programs and/or offer special rate discounts for qualified customers. Some of these programs are designed very similar to the LIHEAP program and are provided through the same agencies that provide your local LIHEAP program.

To apply for LIHEAP, you must schedule an appointment through the LIHEAP provider in your community. Each agency has their own process for scheduling appointments. You’ll have to follow the scheduling procedures specific to the agency in your area. Appointments cannot be made through the Department of Commerce. You will find the LIHEAP provider in your area on the “How To Apply” page.

You can only apply for LIHEAP once every program year. The program year runs from October 1st thru June 30th.

It does not matter what your heat source is. Our program awards energy assistance grants regardless of fuel type. We assist households with electric, gas, propane, oil, coal, and wood.

 

Yes. You will need to provide documentation to receive a LIHEAP grant. The documentation requested may vary by LIHEAP provider. Make sure to find out what documentation you’ll need prior to your scheduled appointment. Typically, you’ll be asked to document your identity, residence, heat costs, and income.

The amount of money awarded to your household will depend on multiple factors. Each household’s size, income, and annual heat cost will affect the amount of their LIHEAP grant. You’ll have to schedule a LIHEAP appointment with the provider in your community to find out how much you could receive.

In most cases we will not pay you directly. Our program’s number one option is to pay LIHEAP grants directly to the energy provider. There are a few instances when a LIHEAP grant may be awarded directly to a household instead of the energy provider, but that is uncommon.