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Alabama
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent Subsidized with a utility allowance are eligible
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Alaska
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent Yes*
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Comment
*Renters who live in subsidized housing must show $200/yr in out-of-pocket costs above the utility allowance they receive in order to qualify for benefits.

All households must show that they pay for home heating needs either directly, or indirectly through rent. Renters that have no direct home heating costs must provide a copy of a rent receipt or rental agreement to show that they pay rent.

Arizona
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent Yes
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
Same as regular, based on a point system
Comment
Client is notified in writing of amount paid to landlord on their behalf.
Arkansas
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent Yes
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent No
Comment
If the household declares that its utilities are included in the rent, it must provide documentation by submitting a copy of its lease agreement.
California
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent Yes
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits Same as regular.
Colorado
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent Yes
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits A flat amount of $180 is deducted from the estimate of home heating cost for subsidized households with utility allowance.
Connecticut
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent Yes
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
Benefits are available to households at 150% or less and pay more than 30% of income towards rent.Benefits range from $80-$100, depending on federal poverty guidelines. No differentiation between subsidized and nonsubsidized renters.
Other
Those whose heat costs are included in their rent, and rent is less than 30% of gross income, are eligible for increased Food Stamp benefits.
Delaware
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent No
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
Subsidized Direct Pay households receive a flat benefit of $300 unless rent is greater than $380 per month, then the household receives a regular benefit. Renters with heat included get $20 benefit.
District of Columbia
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent No
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent No
Benefits
Renters with heat included in rent are not eligible for a benefit.
Florida
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent No
  Subsidized direct pay Subsidized households that pay any part of their energy costs (heating or cooling) are eligible.
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
Benefits are reduced by the amount of any energy subsidy a household receives.
Georgia
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent No
  Subsidized direct pay No
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent No
Hawaii
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent Yes
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
Benefit level for households in public/subsidized housing will be based on their household size as follows:

Household size 1-2: $350; Household size 3-5: $400; Household size 6+: $450.
Comment
When payment for energy is undesignated in the form of rent, the household shall submit a current utility bill

and bonafide rental or lease agreement or Hawaii Housing Authority statement for the address listed on the utility bill.
Idaho
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent No
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
Participants that live in subsidized housing, heat not included in rent, will receive the low base benefit, regardless of the household's energy burden.
Illinois
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent Yes*
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent No
Comments
* Renters with utilities included in their rents have to prove their rent is greater than 30% of their income for 30 days prior to application in order to be eligible to receive benefits.
Indiana
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent No
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent No
Comments
Renters with subsidized housing are ineligible for crisis assistance. Renters with utilities included in rent are ineligible for assistance for the utility that is included.
Iowa
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent Yes
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
Benefits are based on a point system, subsidized renter or renter with heat included in rent receive fewer points.
Comments
Households with heat in rent must have payment sent to secondary provider (electric).
Kansas
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent No
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Kentucky
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent Yes
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
Residents of subsidized housing will have benefits based on their reduced energy burden and will be less than all other households. Crisis: The same methods will apply as with all other consumers, the minimum amount necessary to alleviate the household´s home heating crisis will be determined. The consumers that receive a utility allowance payment must utilize the allowance first, but will not be denied if that amount has already been utilized for heating costs.
Louisiana
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent Yes*
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
* For renters living in subsidized housing, the amount of the utility allowance is deducted from the total energy cost. Households receiving a utility allowance greater than the utility bill are not eligible. Applicants over 60 years old are exempt from this requirement.
Maine
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent Yes*
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Comments
*Maine limits categorical eligibility to households residing in subsidized housing with heat included where the household has out-of-pocket expenses for a portion of their rent or electricity costs. The maximum LIHEAP benefit for households residing in subsidized housing with heat included is $21 per program year. Renters with utilities included in thier rent are not eligbile for crisis assistance.
Maryland
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent No
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
Applicants who are renters are eligible to receive energy assistance benefits provided they meet all other eligibility requirements. Specific rental arrangements between the renter (tenant) and the landlord must be verified in order to determine if and how benefits will be paid. Applicants who are renters and pay their heating costs directly must identify their energy supplier and fuel type. Applicants who are renters (including roomers and boarders) and pay their energy costs indirectly as undesignated portions of rent payments are required to furnish the name, address, and phone number of the landlord to whom the rent payments are made. If their application is qualified, benefits will be paid to the landlord and their rent will be reduced accordingly. Applicants who are residents of subsidized housing must provide proof that they are directly responsible.
Massachusetts
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent Yes - Households are not eligible for a benefit if the total rent payment is equal to 30% or less than household income.
  Subsidized direct pay Yes - Households are eligible for a benefit if heat is not included in occupancy cost and there is no heating surcharge added to the lease.
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
Regardless of housing subsidy type, all eligible applicants with a housing subsidy shall be awarded a partial LIHEAP benefit.
Other
Owners of a 2nd real estate property other than where they are currently residing may have to provide additional information.
Michigan
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent Yes
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
Renters with heat included in rent receive 50% of regular benefit. Do not differentiate between subsidized and nonsubsidized housing residents.
Minnesota
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent No
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
Residents of subsidized housing who are responsible for their heating costs are eligible for grants based on their consumption and are only are eligible for a minimum grant which will be paid to the electric account with their vendor. Residents of subsidized housing who pay neither heat nor electric costs to a vendor are not eligible to receive an Energy Assistance Benefit.
Mississippi
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent Yes
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Missouri
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent Yes - eligible if households can document they are paying energy costs over and above the utility allowance included in their regular monthly rental charge.
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
Renters living in rental property who are paying a home energy supplier directly for their heating costs receive the same benefit as a similarly situated homeowner.
Montana
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent Yes
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
Subsidized with heat included or those who have an obligation to pay a base load electric bill are eligible for a modified LIEAP benefit, 5% of a regular LIEAP benefit. A minimum payment of $25 would be paid to the household annually. For nonsubsidized renters with heat included in rent, eligible energy costs must be supported by rent receipts. Payments shall not exceed 50% of the amount of paid rent evidenced by the monthly rent receipt(s) or a pro rata monthly amount of the benefit, whichever is less.
Nebraska
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent No - Subsidized households with utilities included may be eligible for crisis or cooling if the household is responsible for excess electricity used due to air conditioning or operating a furnace fan and the electricity could be shut off.
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
Multi housing, subsidized but renter is responsible for heating costs - eligible for one-half benefit.
Other
All households would not be eligible for crisis or cooling unless charged for excess electricity. The household would have to meet the cooling eligibility criteria. Roomers and room with board are not eligible.
Nevada
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent No
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
The following rules pertain to master metered households:

1) If all utilities are in the landlord's name and are included in the rent AND the household does not receive a separate bill that includes consumption and dollar usage AND the household does not reside in subsidized housing, they will receive a payment of $180.

2) If all utilities are in the landlord's name and are included in the rent, BUT the household receives a separate bill that includes consumption and dollar usage, the household is eligible for a fixed annual credit or $180.

3) If one of the utilities is in the landlord's name and one is in the household's name, the household will receive a fixed annual credit based on the utility in the household's name payable to the household's utility; UNLESS, the household receives a separate bill from the landlord that includes consumption and dollar usage in which case the household receives a fixed annual credit based on both utilities that is payable to the household's utility not to exceed the annual usage, and the remainder payable to the household

Other
Master metered households: If all utilities are in the landlord's name and are included in the rent AND the household does not receive a separate bill that includes consumption and dollar usage, the household is ineligible for energy assistance.
New Hampshire
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent No
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
Renter, renter in subsidized housing and responsible for paying the heating bill, and renter with heat included in rent receive regular benefits.
New Jersey
Eligibility
 
Subsidized with heat included in rent No
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
Subsidized households that pay energy costs directly receive regular benefits. Renters whose heat is included in the rent receive a flat benefit.
Other
Room and board are eligible if energy costs are included in rent or paid directly.
New Mexico
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent No
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
Eligible households with utilities included in rent receive a benefit based on income and vulnerable population points only.
Other
Subsidized with utility allowance are eligible if they have an additional out-of-pocket expense for utilities.
New York
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent No
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
Eligible households that live in government subsidized housing or a group home setting with heat included in their rent receive $21. Eligible households who have heating costs included as part of their rent receive $30 or $35.
Other
Individuals paying room only or room and board are not eligible.
North Carolina
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent No
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent No
Benefits
Same as regular benefits. Section 8 households with a utility allowance may be eligible.
North Dakota
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent No
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
A cost/consumption table is based on average usage or consumption for various sizes of living units, types of buildings, and fuel types that have been multiplied times the estimated or projected actual fuel cost.
Ohio
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent Yes
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Oklahoma
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent No - renters in subsidized housing must be responsible for at least a portion of the heating utility in order to be considered vulnerable.
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes - renters with utilities included in rent must verify that a specific portion of the rent is for the cost of utilities or be charged a surcharge during high usage months to be considered vulnerable.
Benefits
Renters, renters with utilities included in rent and renters in subsidized housing receive the same benefit amounts as homeowners. Applicants that are roomers receive a smaller benefit in heating, but it is still based on income.
Oregon
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent No
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes - a landlord letter, rental agreement or lease must be provided for verification.
Benefits
Subsidized housing that direct pay bills receive a reduced benefit. Eligible roomers receive 50% of regular benefit.
Other
It should be assumed that all residents of subsidized housing have a utility allowance unless they can prove otherwise. Acceptable forms of documentation that can be used to prove there is no utility allowance are landlord letter, subsidized housing contract, and/or utility bill.
Pennsylvania
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent No - subsidized-housing tenants are ineligible if their rental charge includes an undesignated amount for heat and is based on a fixed percentage of their income or on their source of income.
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent No - renters are ineligible if their rental charge includes an undesignated amount for heat and is based on a fixed percentage of their income or on their source of income.
Other
If a household in subsidized housing, which pays for rent and utilities as a fixed portion of its income, becomes responsible for payment to a vendor, either in full or in part, for its primary or secondary heating costs, that household then becomes eligible for a cash benefit and a crisis benefit, if otherwise eligible.
Rhode Island
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent No
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
Any subsidized renter who is responsible directly to their energy vendor for the dwellings heating costs are eligible for a maximum primary grant of $200. Non-Subsidized renters whose heat and electric is included in their rent receive a $100 flat grant benefit made payable to the applicant. Subsidized renter whose primary heat is included in their rent but are responsible to pay their secondary electric bill are eligible for a minimum grant. Eligible roomers and renters who pay for heat indirectly as an undesignated part of the rent will receive 50 percent of the LIHEAP benefit for which they would otherwise qualify.
South Carolina
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent Yes
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
Subsidized households with heat included in rent, subsidized with utility allowance, and households whose rent is adjusted based on income and heat is included in rent receive 50% of regular benefit.
South Dakota
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent No
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
Households that have utilities included in rent receive reduced benefits.
Tennessee
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent Yes, if subsidized households with heat included in rent are subject to overage.
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
Households which are only subject to the payment of "overages" for their energy costs receive benefits that are equal to the amounts of their monthly "overages", but are not greater than the maximum benefit levels allowed. Overages that are eligible for LIHEAP assistance must be based on documentation secured from public housing authorities.
Texas
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent No - if no distinct charge for utilities, there is no individual bill and neither energy cost or energy burden can be determined.
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent No - if no distinct charge for utilities, there is no individual bill and neither energy cost or energy burden can be determined.
Benefits
Subsidized direct-pay household benefits are based on heating or cooling costs minus any utility allowance.
Utah
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent No - rent must include a charge for heat. If the rent includes a utility cost and both are subsidized the household is not eligible.
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
Roomers or boarders who pay energy costs as part of their rent must use 10% of their monthly rent amount to determine their monthly energy cost and to compute energy burden. A copy of Lease Agreement or Landlord Statement Form must be in case file.
Vermont
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent Yes
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
Households where 'the heat is included in the rent' are deemed by state statute and by department rules to "make undesignated payment for energy for heat in the form of rent." These households are deemed to have the lowest energy burden, regardless of income, and are granted the lowest LIHEAP heating assistance benefit of $21.
Virginia
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent No
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
Households that pay energy costs out of pocket and receive housing assistance under one of the statutes and programs are to be coded Living Arrangement Code G.
Other
The primary fuel will be one of the following: electricity, oil, kerosene, natural gas, LP gas, wood, or coal.
Washington
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent Yes
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Benefits
No differentiation between subsidized and nonsubsidized renters.
West Virginia
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent No - subsidized households with heat included in rent and subsidized receiving a utility allowance are ineligible except when surcharges must be paid for additional usage beyond a certain maximum.
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent No - households that have utilities included in their rent but are not billed separately for a heating cost are not eligible.
Wisconsin
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent No
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes
Other
Applicants are required to provide verification if their energy cost(s) are included in their rent. Proper verification should be a hard copy document, such as a lease agreement.
Wyoming
Eligibility
Subsidized with heat included in rent Yes
  Subsidized direct pay Yes
  Nonsubsidized with heat included in rent Yes