LIHEAP Heating Assistance Eligibility: Assets Test

NOTE: In addition to income, states may look at an applicant households' assets in determining financial eligibility for LIHEAP. The chart below lists states that are currently using an assets test, including those that only use asset tests for crisis assistance. Among the states, allowable assets range from a high of $25,000 to a low of $2,000. Several states allow higher assets for households with elderly members. States also have different definitions of assets. For more information on variations in assets tests, contact the LIHEAP Clearinghouse.

State FY Description
Arkansas 2018 Higher maximum assets for elderly households.
2018 The liquid asset limit is $15,000 for homeowners and $12,000 for all other households. Households, whose liquid assets exceed the appropriate limit, may still be eligible for energy assistance if the household’s annual gross income, when added to the excess liquid assets is within the income guidelines.
2018 Eligible applicants may not have liquid resources in excess of $2,000 or $3,000 if the household has a member 60 or older or disabled, or $4,000 for a household with a member that has a catastrophic illness if those assets are used for medical and living expenses.
2018 Each household's resources may not exceed $3,000.
2018 $10,931 for a single person, $16,400 for a two-person household. Add $1,094 for each additional member up to $21,870 maximum per household.
North Carolina
2018 Assets limit of $2,250. Ineligible aliens' assets shall be countable toward the household's total $2,250. No assets test for crisis.
2018 liquid resource limit for LIHEAP households. This includes bank accounts, cash on hand, CDs, and other investments that can be accessed without penalty to the household.