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.
OCS Launches Disaster Flexibilities Hub
The Office of Community Services (OCS) has launched the Disaster Flexibilities Hub in celebration of National Preparedness Month. The Disaster Flexibility Hub is an, "information management tool that visually tracks and displays key data, guidance, and resources on declared disasters, disaster preparedness efforts, and the flexibilities built into OCS' block grant programs," according to a dear colleague letter released by OCS.
The letter includes details of the hub and its tools, including: a live weather activity dashboard, searchable program locator to identify the nationwide network of OcS-funded grant recipients and subrecipients that are ready to assist during a disaster, an inventory of OCS' disaster flexibilities guidance for all applicable OCS programs, program contacts at the state, tribal, and local levels for OCS programs, and other tools found here.
The release also includes details related to the tools and their purposes, as well as information on accessing the hub.
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