Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)

Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program

Phone Number: (406) 247-4732

State Program Website: http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/programsservices/energyassistance/index.shtml

Federal Program Website: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/liheap/

HRDC Community Action Agency Website: http://www.hrdc7.org/programs/energy-assistance-low-income-energy-assistance-program-lieap-ene/

Hours of Operation: Monday- Friday 8 AM- 5 PM

Eligibility: The authorization provides that an eligible household’s income must not exceed the greater of 150 percent of the poverty level or 60 percent of the State median income (In FY 2009, 75 percent of the State median income). Grantees may not set income eligibility standards below 110 percent of the poverty level, but they may give priority to those households with the highest home energy costs or needs in relation to income. All fifty States , the District of Columbia , five territories, and about 140 Tribes and Tribal organizations receive LIHEAP grants each year. State and federally recognized Tribes (including Alaska native villages) may apply for direct LIHEAP funding.

Services Offered: LIEAP pays a portion of the low-income eligible applicant’s heating bill directly to the utility provider during the heating season of October 1st through April 30th of each year. Exceptions are if  heat is included in the rent or the account is not in household member’s name, then it is paid directly to the recipient. LIEAP is not a loan program.

Block Grant: States, territories, and Indian tribes and tribal organizations that wish to assist low income households in meeting the costs of home energy may apply for a LIHEAP block grant. Congress established the formula for distributing funds to States based on each State’s weather and low income population. Home energy is defined by statute as a source of heating or cooling in residential dwellings.

Leveraging Incentive Program: The law authorizes supplemental LIHEAP funding for grantees that acquired non-federal leveraged resources for their LIHEAP programs in the preceding fiscal year.

Residential Energy Assistance Challenge Program (REACH): The law authorizes supplemental LIHEAP funding for grantees to receive competitive grants for implementation through local community-based agencies of innovative plans to help LIHEAP eligible households reduce their energy vulnerability.

Contingency Funds: The President may release these funds to assist with the home energy needs arising from an emergency situation. They may be allocated to one or more grantees, or to all grantees, based on criteria appropriate to the nature of the emergency. In the past, the President generally has released these funds in response to emergency situations arising from extreme weather conditions or energy price increases. Generally, funds have been distributed based on the degree to which specific States are affected by the weather or energy price situation that led to the release of contingency funds.

What You Will Need When Applying

Applications are available starting October 1st at http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/programsservices/energyassistance/energyassistanceapplication.pdf

  • Recent copies of your utility bills
  • A recent payroll stub or other proof that shows your current income
  • Proof of any other income you receive, such as Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, Pension Funds, or disability.
  • A notice of final utility termination (if you’ve received a shut-off notice from your energy company)
  • Proof of your current address, such as a lease, deed, or property tax bill
  • Proof of total members living in your household, such as birth certificates or school records
  • Social Security cards or numbers for all people living in your home
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residence
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