Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
LIHEAP—from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—provides initiatives that assist families with energy costs. LIHEAP can help people stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer through programs that reduce the risk of health and safety problems that arise from unsafe heating and cooling practices.
LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps low-income households with their home energy bills. LIHEAP awards funds to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, and the U.S. territories. LIHEAP assistance is provided locally by organizations selected by the state. The available National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) line is a free service that provides information on where individuals can apply for LIHEAP. The federal government does not provide energy assistance directly to the public.