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.