What is LIHEAP? LIHEAP or Low Income Heat and Energy Assistance Program is a program that offers aid to families which helps cover the costs of heating and energy costs for your home or apartment. This program was first known in 1981 as a US federal social services program and it has been funded yearly by the congressional appropriations. LIHEAP’s mission is to support households with low income in and effort to offset the cost for household energy to meet their direct home energy needs. LIHEAP is financed through donations taken from the US federal government and is a part of the HHS (United States Department of Health and Human Services).

LIHEAP helps families that have limited means and income with their energy cost. They offer federally subsidized support in managing the charge that is related with the energy emergencies, home energy charges and energy-related or weatherization of minor household maintenance. LIHEAP helps families with low income stay warm even during the winter months and cool during the summer months. LIHEAP helps lessen safety and health complications that are associated with insufficient heating or cooling practices. Aside from helping low-income families with their bills, this program also supplies services such as emergency heating facilities and emergency fuel assistance.

The Low Income Heat and Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP continues to offer this service to low-income families and to people consisting of the young, elderly and PWD (people with disabilities) who do not have the financial means to cool or heat their household. LIHEAP works in partnership with utility companies to provide services in all areas of the country. 

LIHEAP's primary goal is to help people with their energy bills and support those low-income families who do not have the financial means to keep their household cool or warm. In order to participate in this program your income level must not be 150% or more of the federal poverty rate. 

According to HHS, $187.4 million was released to assist low-income families (whether they own or rent a house) with their rising energy bills as of June 5, 2013 under the LIHEAP program. This funding supplement helps those families pay their electricity and heating bills and enhance their weather-related problems. LIHEAP aids these low-income families from getting service interruptions and help them pay their bills. The number one mission this institution has is to ensure that all families with low-income are able to meet their energy needs and keep their utility bills either subsidized or paid in full.

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