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.
LIHEAP Heating Season Toolkit Now Available
January 24, 2023 - The Office of Community Services (OCS) recently released a Dear Colleague Letter announcing that the LIHEAP Heating Season Toolkit is now available. This resource contains information intended to help OCS grant recipients and stakeholders ensure that available funding reaches households that need assistance with their heating costs this winter.
The toolkit provides outreach materials to help partners, stakeholders, and grant recipients reach eligible households. These materials include outreach flyers, a fact sheet on unsafe heating practices, a social media toolkit with suggested tweets and accompanying graphics as well as an animated video about LIHEAP heating services.
Also, the toolkit includes tools and guidance for LIHEAP grant recipients and stakeholders, these resources include a weatherization fact sheet, the OCS Disaster Flexibilities Hub and a link to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Forecasts which can help inform grant recipient planning and assessment of winter heating needs in their service area. The toolkit is available in Spanish, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.
November 3, 2022 - $4.5 Billion Released to Lower Heating Costs for American Families This Winter
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