Social assistance programs: how to get help with your electricity bills?
Energy costs soared through the United States during the year 2022. One of the main causes of the price spike is Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the sanctions imposed on Russian imports of crude oil after the war.
With the gas cost to rise, the cost of living in all states has been affected in a linear fashion, resulting in today’s energy costs, which are beginning to weigh heavily on low-income households.
Fortunately, the Home Energy Assistance Program for Low-Income People (LIHEAP), is designed to help those most at risk pay their energy bills.
What is LIHEAP?
According to the Child and Family Administration website, Home Energy Assistance Program for Low-Income People (LIHEAP) was designed to help low-income families meet their energy costs.
“The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that help families with energy costs. LIHEAP provides government-funded assistance federal government to reduce costs associated with household energy bills, energy crises, severe weather and minor energy related home repairs,” reads a boldly written statement on the website.
According to the US government website, LIHEAP is designed to primarily target three issues:
- Assistance in paying your heating or air conditioning bills;
- Emergency services in the event of an energy crisis, such as utility cuts;
- Low-cost home improvements, known as weatherization, that make your home more energy efficient and lower your utility bills.
Although the actual eligibility criteria may vary from state to state, the following:
- Individuals cannot earn more than $20,385, with $7,080 added to additional members of each individual household.
- Individuals and/or households participating in benefit programs, such as SNAP, SSI, TANF, may also be automatically eligible to receive LIHEAP support.
How to register for LIHEAP
Each state has a different process for applying for LIHEAP, and the best thing to do to take advantage of this initiative is to contact your local LIHEAP office.