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Alabama
Program Dates
June 1 - September 30
Eligibility / Priority
150% of federal poverty level. Eligibility priority given to seniors, disabled and young children.
Application / Intake
Early application and special times for the elderly vary by administering agency. Provide intake service through home visits or by telephone for elderly and disabled.
Benefits (2011)
$400 maximum
Other
Also have crisis cooling program and medical requirements are waived for the elderly.
 
Arizona
Program Dates
Year-round
Eligibility / Priority
60% of state median income - seniors, disabled and children under 6 are given additional points for eligibility.
Application / Intake
Applications taken at CAAs; no early applications.
Benefits (2013)
$75 minimum, $640 maximum
 
Arkansas
Program Dates
Part of year-round program
Eligibility / Priority
150% of federal poverty level
Application / Intake
Applications taken at CAAs
Benefits (2013)
$61 minimum, $359 maximum; $700 maximum if crisis is involved
Other
Air conditioners may be available, if emergency funds are released, to households with one or more household members with a medical condition which makes them vulnerable to health hazards from high temperatures.
 
California
Program Dates
Year-round. LIHEAP operates on a calendar year and doesn't distinguish between heating and cooling. Services that meet heating and cooling needs are combined and available throughout the year.
Eligibility / Priority
60% of state median income. Each LIHEAP local service provider develops a prioritization of services plan and may target households by energy burden, vulnerable populations, etc. Most plans provide additional consideration to seniors.
Application / Intake
Provide intake service through home visits or by telephone for elderly and disabled.
Benefits (2012)
$158 minimum, $538 maximum
Other
LIHEAP service providers conduct direct marketing and outreach activities to reach senior populations, including on-site intake with senior housing complexes; targeted mailings to seniors; and coordination with local community agencies serving the senior population.
 
Delaware
Program Dates
May 1 - September 31
Eligibility / Priority
200% of federal poverty level / senior or disabled.
Application / Intake
Apply directly to state service centers.
Benefits (2013)
Help will include utility bill payment assistance (up to $100) and, in some cases, window unit air conditioners.
Other
If no senior or disabled household members, may be eligible with a doctor's note stating that air conditioning is medically beneficial to a household member.
 
District of Columbia
Program Dates
Year-round
Eligibility / Priority
60% of state median income
Application / Intake
Apply at the DC Energy Office
Benefits (2013)
One-time benefit can be used for cooling or heating, $49 minimum, $1,300 maximum. An additional crisis benefit may be available with a disconnect notice.
 
Florida
Program Dates
April 1 - September 30
Eligibility / Priority
150% of federal poverty level. Senior priority is a local agency decision.
Application / Intake
Applications are accepted typically anytime funds are available, year round, but this is a local decision. Some agencies have early applications, first of the month applications, or priority appointment times.
Benefits (2012)
Client can receive 1 crisis cooling benefit per year up to $600.
Other
Crisis funds may be available for replacements or repairs to cooling equipment or to restore power not covered by insurance or FEMA funds.
 
Georgia
Program Dates
summer season - if funds are available
Eligibility / Priority
60% of state median income.
Benefits (2012)
$350 maximum
 
Hawaii
Program Dates
June 1 - June 30
Eligibility / Priority
150% of federal poverty level.
Application / Intake
Home visits to help senior citizens and disabled with their applications.
Benefits (2011)
$553 average, $882 maximum
 
Illinois
Program Dates
July 12 - funds exhausted
Eligibility / Priority
150% of federal poverty level. Targeted to at-risk households that include people older than 60, disabled, children 5 years or younger and those with a doctor's statement regarding a medical condition.
Benefits (2012)
$250 maximum
Other
120 cooling centers are available statewide, 800-843-6154
 
Indiana
Program Dates
June 16 - August 30
Eligibility / Priority
150% of federal poverty level, crisis assistance only.
Application / Intake
The Summer Cooling Program is administered by Indiana's network of Community Action Agencies (CAA).
Benefits (2014)
$200 or less to eligible households who received disconnection notices through August 2014. A household may also be eligible for an air conditioning unit if it is medically necessary.
 
Iowa
Program Dates
Part of year-round crisis
Eligibility / Priority
150% of federal poverty level.
Benefits (2013)
When medically necessary, up to $350 per household may be used to purchase or repair air conditioners
 
Kansas
Program Dates
No separate cooling program. The LIEAP annual program operates January through March.
Eligibility / Priority
130% of federal poverty level
Application / Intake
Provide intake service through home visits or by telephone for elderly and disabled.
Benefits (2012)
$240 average. Clients can split one-time heating benefit between heating and electric vendors and apply part to summer bill.
 
Louisiana
Program Dates
April 1 - September 30
Eligibility / Priority
60% of state median income. Eligibility priority for households with elderly, disabled, or young children.
Application / Intake
Provide intake service through home visits or by telephone for elderly and disabled.
Benefits (2011)
$150 minimum, $600 maximum. Households with a member 60 years or older, disabled or 5 years or younger may receive an additional $100.
Other
Summer Emergency Program - the Assistant Secretary may declare an emergency and purchase fans for LIHEAP - eligible households with a senior, disabled or young child.
 
Mississippi
Program Dates
May 1 - September 30
Eligibility / Priority
60% of state median income. Eligibility priority is given to seniors.
Application / Intake
Recertification forms are mailed to seniors and disabled to facilitate the application process.
Benefits
The level of cash amount awarded to eligible households depends on the applicant's bill amount, the result of case management analysis and degree of participation on the established case plan.
Other
Fans, air conditioners, cooling systems and other cooling, energy-related services may be provided depending on needs, case management result and client complying fully with the established case plan.
 
Missouri
Program Dates
June 1 - September 30
Eligibility / Priority
135% of federal poverty level, less than $3,000 in assets. Applicants must have received a disconnect notice or their service must already be terminated.
Benefits (2013)
$300 maximum applied to electric bill; summer crisis
Other
Program funds can be used towards the purchase of an air conditioner for households with a member 65 years or older or documented medical condition.
 
Nebraska
Program Dates
June 1 - August 31. A year-round crisis program can help with a cooling payment either before or after the program dates.
Eligibility / Priority
116% of federal poverty level and there must be someone in the household who is 70 or older or meets some specific medical condition that makes a person susceptible to heat.
Application / Intake
Applications can be accepted at any time, but cannot be processed prior to June 1.
Benefits (2013)
$121 minimum, $480 maximum for electricity
Other
Fans may be available to families meeting the income criteria.
 
Nevada
Program Dates
Year-round
Eligibility / Priority
125% of federal poverty level.
Application / Intake
Prior year clients who are senior, disabled or SSI or TANF recipients receive notice first and have the opportunity to apply first for new programs.
Benefits (2013)
$180 minimum
Other
Any eligible household, statewide, may request to have their benefit a) distributed entirely to their heating provider, or b) distributed entirely to their electric (cooling) provider, or c) split so half goes to their heating provider and half goes to their cooling provider.
 
New Jersey
Program Dates
October 1 - April 30
Eligibility / Priority
200% of federal poverty level. Households must have at least one member that has a medical condition which would require cooling, verified with a Doctor’s note.
Application / Intake
Apply for heating and cooling at the same time with the same application. Households with a senior or disabled member may apply by mail. Provide intake service through home visits for the physically infirm.
Benefits (2014)
Flat benefit of $200.
 
New Mexico
Program Dates
No formal cooling program, once-a-year benefit can be used for cooling.
Eligibility / Priority
150% of federal poverty level
Application / Intake
Early application period in September. No applications are processed or companies contacted until October 1. No special component for seniors.
Benefits (2013)
$32 minimum, $224 maximum
Other
May be eligible for cooling crisis if household: received a shutoff notice; has at least one household member who is 60 years or older, disabled or child under 5; and has paid utility bill 2 out of the 3 past months.
 
New York
Program Dates
April 1 - August 30
Eligibility / Priority
60% state median income. Household will not be eligible if you received only $1.00 regular HEAP benefit payment or you currently have a working air conditioner less than five years old, as determined by the vendor or you received a HEAP funded air conditioner within the past 10 years.
Application/ Intake
Those who want to see if they qualify can visit www.mybenefits.ny.gov. Call the NYS HEAP Hotline at 1-800-342-3009 for more information. Apply at local social service office.
Benefits (2013)
Purchase and installation of air conditioners not to exceed $800 or a fan
 
name="NC" id="NC">North Carolina
Program Dates
Cooling benefits are part of year-round crisis program.
Eligibility / Priority
150% of federal poverty level
Application / Intake
County Department of Social Services
Benefits (2013)
$600 maximum
 
North Dakota
Program Dates July 1 - until funds exhausted
Eligibility / Priority 60% state median income, documented medical condition
Application / Intake County Department of Social Services
Benefits (2012) Benefits will cover the costs of installing and repairing air conditioning units and fans.
 
Ohio
Program Dates
July 1 - August 31
Eligibility / Priority
175% of federal poverty level and meet one of the following: one household member is at least 60 years old or have a documented medical need
Application / Intake
Local community action agencies
Benefits (2014)
$350 for eligible households that have received a disconnection notice on their electric service. The maximum benefit goes up to $400 for customers served by rural electric cooperatives, and air conditioners also will be available.
Other
Do not need a disconnection notice to be eligible. If a household has a member who is 60 years of age or older, documented medical need is not needed. The Summer Crisis program will not assist customers who are on the Percentage of Income Payment Plan, PIPP Plus.
 
Oklahoma
Program Dates
July 9 - July 18 (funds are depleted)
Eligibility / Priority
130% of federal poverty level
Application / Intake
County Human Services Centers
Benefits (2013)
$120 for a one-person household to $180 maximum
 
name="SC" id="SC">South Carolina
Program Dates
May 1 - September 30
Eligibility / Priority
150% of federal poverty level. Eligibility priority given to households with a senior or disabled member or child under 5 years.
Application / Intake
Early application for seniors and disabled. Provide intake service through home visits or by telephone for the physically infirm (i.e. elderly or handicapped).
Benefits (2013)
$225 minimum, $500 maximum, $6,500 maximum for cooling equipment repair or replacement
Other
Crisis cooling: Air conditioners may be installed in households (particularly vulnerable households) where needed.
 
Tennessee
Program Dates
Year-round
Eligibility / Priority
150% of federal poverty level. Priority in assistance is based on a 24 point system, households with elderly, disabled or infant receive 6 points.
Application / Intake
Provide intake service through home visits or by telephone for elderly and disabled.
Benefits (2013)
$150 minimum, $300 maximum
 
Texas
Program Dates
March 1 - November 30
Eligibility / Priority
125% of federal poverty level
Application / Intake
Elderly and Disabled Assistance Component: assistance targeted to households unable to achieve full energy self-sufficiency through other means. Provide referrals to medical and nutrition programs.
Benefits (2013)
$1,000 maximum; $2,500 maximum for cooling equipment repair or replacement
 
Utah
Program Dates
Year-round
Eligibility / Priority
150% of federal poverty level.
Application / Intake
Year-round program in southern Utah where there is a need for summer cooling. In these counties households may apply for HEAT energy assistance once during the Federal Fiscal Year and this may occur during the summer.
Benefits (2013)
$500 maximum. Households with young children, disabled, and/or elderly get an additional amount.
 
Virginia
Program Dates
June 15 - August 15
Eligibility / Priority
130% of federal poverty level. Household must have one member 60 years or over, disabled or child under 6.
Application / Intake
Provide intake services through home visits or telephone for physically infirm seniors and disabled. Early application period for the elderly and disabled. Cooling is administered through local non-profits in coordination with other social service organizations such as area agencies on aging. Applications are available at local agencies and the state website.
Benefits (2013)
Benefits can be used to purchase or replace and install an air conditioner; repair a central air conditioning unit or heat pump; pay an electric bill to operate the cooling equipment.
 
Wisconsin
Program Dates
Part of year-round crisis
Eligibility / Priority
60% State Median Income, cooling must be medically necessary. No household will be eligible for crisis cooling assistance without a declaration by a local or state public health agency of a heat emergency and authorization is given by the Department of Administration.
Application / Intake
Applications for crisis cooling are taken at county welfare offices, community action agencies and charitable organizations.
Benefits (2013)
$1,200 maximum, crisis cooling emergency services may include room air conditioner repair/purchase, fans, education on energy conservation measures, or budget counseling.