Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
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
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 and 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.
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 intends to assist low-income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs.
In Washington State, LIHEAP assists households whose incomes are at or below 150 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 help repair or replace an unsafe, dysfunctional, and/or inoperative heating system. Households 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.-Sept.), and your household meets the income guidelines for the program, then you may be eligible for LIHEAP. The income limits are set at 150% of the federal poverty level (FPL) and may be located on the Eligibility 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.
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.
DRAFT 2021 LIHEAP State Plan (PDF)
2020 LIHEAP State Plan (PDF)
2019 LIHEAP State Plan (PDF)
2020 LIHEAP Weatherization Waiver Request (PDF)
LIHEAP Fair Hearing Request Form (PDF)
PM-15-08R – Added Weatherization Plus Health Definitions (PDF)
PM-16-02 – Added Weatherization Plus Health Definitions (PDF)
PM-15-08R, Policy 5.8.3 – Weatherization + Health Basic (PDF)
PM-16-02, Policy 5.8.4 – Weatherization Plus Health Enhanced (PDF)