This federal website serves as a hub for information about the variation that exists among LIHEAP grantees in the operation of their programs. We also provide the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) service, which refers households needing assistance to a local LIHEAP office and other assistance entities if available.
To learn more about the LIHEAP Clearinghouse, please see the "Who We Are" page.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, LIHEAP agencies across the country have made necessary changes to their typical operations to accommodate the circumstances caused by the pandemic. Many states have made changes to their application requirements, allowing for LIHEAP recipients to submit online applications due to local intake agencies being closed during the pandemic. Some agencies have also adjusted their programs by increasing the crisis benefit amount of crisis programs, qualification requirements of a crisis determination as well as changing documentation requirements for application. To learn more, visit the LIHEAP COVID Response page.
$4.5 Billion Released to Lower Heating Costs for American Families This Winter
November 3, 2022 - "The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), announced $4.5 billion in assistance today to help lower heating costs for American families this winter. Today's announcement is part of the Biden-Harris Administration's work to lower costs and give working and middle-class American families more breathing room.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds – distributed by ACF's Office of Community Services – will go to states, territories, and tribes. In addition to subsidizing home heating costs this winter and covering unpaid utility bills, the federal program will help families make cost-effective home energy repairs to lower their heating and cooling bills." – ACF Office of Communications
August 26, 2022 - Office of Community Services Releases Guidance for Use of LIHEAP Funds Appropriated in ARP Act
June 9, 2022 - LIHEAP CARES and ARP Act Funds: Obligation and Drawdown Plan
February 19, 2022 - KS Share the Warmth Program Helps Low Income Utility Customers
February 12, 2022 - OCS Welcomes New Director