Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The mission of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is to assist low income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes that pay a high proportion of household income for home energy, primarily in meeting their immediate home energy needs.

LIHEAP is a federally funded assistance program administered by the California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD). LIHEAP offers two types of assistance:

  • Financial aid with energy bills
  • Home weatherization

The Weatherization Program provides free weatherization services to improve the energy efficiency of homes, including attic insulation, weatherstripping, minor housing repairs, and related energy conservation measures.  Average savings are $300 annually.

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) provides financial assistance to eligible households to offset the costs of heating and/or cooling dwellings.

In addition, there is a program for crisis situations in low-income households:

The Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) provides payments for weather-related or energy-related emergencies.

Appointed community-based agencies process LIHEAP applications. To find the agency in your area, visit the California Department of Community Services and Development website.

For more information, call 1-866-675-6623.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Income Guidelines

HEAP helps low-income households pay their energy bill and provides one payment per program year. Local Community Service Providers are responsible for processing applications for HEAP participation. Use the Service Provider directory on the Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) website to determine which service agency to contact.

You may qualify for assistance if your household’s total gross monthly income does not exceed the income guidelines listed below.

LIHEAP Income Guidelines

Maximum Household Income
(Effective until June 2011)
Number of Persons
in Household
Total Combined Annual Income
1 up to $29,791.32
2 up to $38,957.88
3 up to $48,124.44
4 up to $57,291.00
5 up to $66,457.56
6 up to $66,457.56
each additional person $75,624.12

You may already qualify if you receive benefits from any of the following programs:

  • Medi-Cal
  • Food Stamps
  • WIC
  • Healthy Families Category A & B
  • SSI
  • NSL Free Lunch Program
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only)

Important Note:
Because of significant funding cuts, the federal government enacted a law requiring that states target households with low-incomes and high energy costs, taking into consideration households with elderly and disabled persons, and children under six years old.  This means there could be households that received assistance in the past but may no longer receive assistance because they fall into a lower priority group and are not considered among the neediest of the needy.  Receipt of energy/weatherization assistance depends upon the availability of funds.