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LIHEAP Program Duration: Heating, Cooling, and Crisis

Note: The table below, based on information from state LIHEAP plans and additional research by the LIHEAP Clearinghouse, lists planned FY 2014 opening and closing dates for each state's LIHEAP components. Generally, the states take and process LIHEAP applications during the time periods cited, although the actual application period can vary depending on the amount of funding available. Receipt of LIHEAP emergency contingency funds can also affect the duration of application periods. The table shows that at least eight states operate LIHEAP year-round; while at least 23 operate LIHEAP crisis assistance year-round. Additionally, at least 16 states have an early application period for elderly and/or disabled or other targeted clients.

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State Heating Cooling Crisis Comment
Alabama
10/1 - 5/31 6/1 - 9/30 year-round  
Alaska
10/1 - 4/30   10/01 - 04/30 early application for elderly/disabled (9/1)
Arizona
year-round year-round > year-round  
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Arkansas
year-round year-round > year-round  
California
year-round year-round year-round  
Colorado
11/1 - 4/30   year-round  
Connecticut
11/15- 3/17   11/15- 3/17 early application in August
Delaware
10/1 - 4/30 5/15 - 9/30 1/2 - 8/30  
District of Columbia
year-round year-round year-round  
Florida
10/1 - 3/31 4/1 - 9/30 year-round   
Georgia
11/1 - 5/30 6/1 -8/31 11/1 - 5/30 Nov 1 start for seniors and disabled. Cooling only offered when funding is available.
Hawaii
6/2 - 6/30   year-round  
Idaho
10/1 - 6/30   year-round early application for homebound and seniors (Oct. 1). 2 CAPs have year-round pilot for heating
Illinois
11/1 - 05/16 6/9 - 8 15 10/1 - 4/30 or until funds are exhausted early application for elderly and disabled (Sept.1) , families with children under 5 (Oct. 1)
Indiana
11/1 - 5/16   11/1 - 5/16 at-risk application starts Aug. 1
Iowa
11/1 - 4/30   year-round elderly/disabled opens Oct. 1
Kansas
1/21 - 3/31   1/21 - 3/31  
Kentucky
11/4 - 12/13   1/13 - 3/31  
Louisiana
10/1 - 3/31 4/1 - 9/30 year-round  
Maine
10/1 - 4/30   11/1 - 3/31 early application for elderly/disabled
Maryland
7/1 - 5/30 utilities; 7/1 - 3/31 bulk fuel   1/1 - 3/31  
Massachusetts
11/1 - 5/15   11/1 - 5/15  
Michigan
year-round   year-round  
Minnesota
10/1 - 5/30   10/3 - 6/30  
Mississippi
10/1 - 4/30 5/1 - 9/30 year-round  
Missouri
11/1 - 3/31   year-round early application for elderly and disabled - Oct 1
Montana
10/1 - 4/30   year-round  
Nebraska
10/1 - 3/30 6/1 - 9/30 year-round  
Nevada
year-round   year-round  
New Hampshire
12/1 - 4/30   12/1 - 4/30  
New Jersey
10/1 - 6/30 10/1 - 6/30 10/1 - 6/30  
New Mexico
10/1  - 8/31   10/1 - 8/31  
New York
11/18 - 2/1 5/1 - 1/2 - 3/17 early mailing in August to vulnerable households
North Carolina
12/1 - 3/31   year-round  
North Dakota
10/1 - 5/31   year-round  
Ohio
9/1 - 5/31   11/1 - 4/15 winter crisis; 6/1 - 8/31 summer crisis  
Oklahoma
12/3 - 12/20 7/8 - 7/31 3/25 - 4/18 year-round life-threatening medical crisis
Oregon
12/1 - 6/30   year-round if funds available early application for seniors and disabled (Oct 1)
Pennsylvania
11/4 - 4/18   1/2 - 4/18  
Rhode Island
11/1 - 3/31   year-round  
South Carolina
10/1 - 4/30 5/1 - 9/30 year-round  
South Dakota
year-round   year-round  
Tennessee
year-round year-round year-round  
Texas
12/1 - 2/28 3/1 - 11/30 year-round  
Utah
11/1 - 4/30   year-round four counties have year-round heating
Vermont
11/1 - 4/30   11/1 - 4/30  
Virginia
10/8 - 11/8 6/15 - 8/15 11/1- 3/15 furnace repair/replace; 01-4/15 crisis heating bills  
Washington
10/1 - 6/30   10/1 - 3/15  
West Virginia
2 weeks in mid Jan   Starts March 17 early application for elderly/disabled
Wisconsin
10/1 - 5/15   year-round for reconnection, budget and copayment plans early application for elderly/disabled
Wyoming
10/1 - 2/28   10/1 - 4/15