The Energy Assistance program is available to assist with the partial payment of heating costs for qualified applicants. Applications may be made at any of the Neighborhood Resource Centers between November 1 (October 1 for households with elderly/disabled members) through April 30. Applicants need to bring written proof of their income for the last 13 weeks and a copy of their gas, electric and telephone bills.
The program provides several types of assistance:
Energy Assistance Payments
The amount of the payment is based on the family income, number of individuals in the family, type of housing and type of heating fuel used.
Emergency Crisis Intervention Program
Limited crisis funds are available for furnace repair/replacement, emergency payments for deliverable fuels and emergency payment of arrearages related to potential disconnections or reconnection of services.
Assessment and Resolution
Individualized Home Energy Assessments, the development of a personal "Energy Plan", negotiation with utility companies regarding shutoff notices and payment problems, budget counseling and resolution of energy related problems is available
Emergency Home Cooling Program
Limited repair/replacement of air conditioners for the medically needy
Eligibility for LIHEAP is based on 175% of the federal poverty guidelines.