LIHEAP / ECAP: Program Characteristics

Households may apply for and receive help with their primary source of energy during three scheduled application periods each year. Households experiencing a life-threatening energy crisis may request assistance at any time during the year.

The household receives a onetime payment for each approved application. The amount approved is generally greater at the lowest income levels; DHS seeks to alleviate the burdens of those most affected by high energy costs.

This help includes:

  • a energy crisis program,
  • a summer cooling program; and
  • a winter heating program,

These programs depend on the availability of federal funds. When federal funding changes, DHS may have to alter the program rules and benefit amounts.

Note: DHS also funds weatherization assistance through the Department of Commerce.

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