Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
LIHEAP helps pay home heating costs. Households with the lowest incomes and highest energy costs receive the greatest benefit.
- Energy Assistance Program Income guidelines are based on 50% of the state median income or 100% of federal poverty guidelines whichever is greater.
- Size of grant is based on household size, income, fuel type and energy usage.
- Households with the lowest income and highest fuel costs receive the highest grants.
- Program is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Human Services and administered by the state Department of Commerce.
- Funds are available for renters and homeowners.
- Provides direct payment to the energy supplier.
- Educates consumers about how to use home heating energy efficiently and safely.
- Advocates with energy suppliers and human service providers on behalf of consumers.
- Offers crisis help for utility disconnections and necessary fuel deliveries.
- Provides emergency heating system repair or replacement.
How to Apply
For information on how to apply,
Maximum eligible income*
To determine eligibility, the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program uses the past three months of household income prior to signing the application and/or last year's federal tax forms for self-employment income.
Minnesota Energy Assistance Program Maximum Income Guidelines (2016-2017)
|Over 10||Contact your community action office. To identify that telephone number, call our Customer Information Center at 612-372-4680 or toll-free at 1-800-729-6164.|||
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