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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 2015 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 12 states operate LIHEAP year-round; while at least 26 operate LIHEAP crisis assistance year-round. Additionally, at least 9 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  
Arkansas
year-round year-round year-round  
California
year-round year-round year-round  
Colorado
11/1 - 4/30   year-round  
Connecticut
11/12 - 3/16   11/12 - 3/16 early application in August
Delaware
10/1 - 4/30 5/15 - 9/30 10/1 - 4/30  
District of Columbia
year-round year-round year-round  
Florida
10/1 - 3/31 4/1 - 9/30 year-round   
Georgia
11/1 - 5/1   11/1 - 5/1 Nov 1 start for seniors and disabled. Cooling only offered when funding is available.
Hawaii
4/1 - 6/30   year-round  
Idaho
11/1 - 6/30   year-round early application for homebound and seniors (Oct. 1)
Illinois
11/1 - 05/31 7/6 - 7/24 10/1 - 5/31 early application for elderly and disabled (Sept.1) , families with children 6 and under (Oct. 1)
Indiana
10/1 - 5/31 6/1 - 8/31 year-round  
Iowa
11/1 - 4/30   year-round elderly/disabled opens Oct. 1
Kansas
1/20 - 3/31   1/20 - 3/31  
Kentucky
11/3 - 12/11   1/12 - 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
11/1 - 5/31   11/1 - 3/31  
Massachusetts
11/1 - 4/30   11/1 - 4/30  
Michigan
1/1 - 9/30   11/1 - 5/31  
Minnesota
10/1 - 5/30   10/1 - 6/30  
Mississippi
10/1 - 4/30 5/1 - 9/30 1/1 - 9/30  
Missouri
11/1 - 3/31   year-round  
Montana
10/1 - 4/30   year-round  
Nebraska
10/1 - 3/31 6/1 - 8/31 year-round  
Nevada
year-round   year-round  
New Hampshire
year-round   year-round  
New Jersey
10/1 - 4/30 10/1 - 4/30 10/1 - 4/30  
New Mexico
year-round   year-round  
New York
11/17 - 12/31 5/1 - 8/31 1/2 - 3/16  
North Carolina
1/1 - 3/31   year-round Dec 1-31 enrollment for seniors 60 and above and disabled
North Dakota
10/1 - 5/31   year-round  
Ohio
year-round   11/1 - 4/15 winter crisis; 7/1 - 9/15 summer crisis  
Oklahoma
12/9 - 12/31 7/7 - 7/15 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
11/3 - 4/3   11/3 - 4/3  
Rhode Island
year-round   year-round  
South Carolina
10/1 - 4/30 5/1 - 9/30 year-round  
South Dakota
year-round   10/1 - 3/31  
Tennessee
year-round year-round year-round  
Texas
12/1 - 2/28 3/1 - 11/30 1/1 - 9/30  
Utah
11/1 - 4/30   year-round four counties have year-round heating
Vermont
year-round   year-round  
Virginia
10/14 - 11/14 6/15 - 8/15 11/1- 3/15  
Washington
10/1 - 6/30   10/1 - 3/15  
West Virginia
1/21 - 1/31   3/17 - 3/31  
Wisconsin
10/1 - 5/15   year-round for reconnection, budget and copayment plans  
Wyoming
11/1 - 6/15   10/1 - 4/15