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Alabama

Program Dates June 1 - September 30
Eligibility/Priority 150% of federal poverty guidelines.
Benefits $305 minimum; $460 maximum

American Samoa

Program Dates Year-round
Eligibility/Priority 150% of federal poverty guidelines.
Benefits $25 minimum, $65 maximum

Arizona

Program Dates 1)HEATING (November 1-March 31) and COOLING (April 1-October 21) for counties: Coconino, Yavapai, Navajo, Apache, Greenlee, Graham, Cochise, and Santa Cruz.
2)HEATING (December 1-March 31) and COOLING (April 1-November 30) for counties: Mojave, La Paz, Yuma, Maricopa, Gila, Pinal, and Pima.
Eligibility/Priority 60% of state median income or 150% of federal poverty guidelines for family of 7 or more.
Benefits $75 minimum, $800 maximum

Arkansas

Program Dates Year-round
Eligibility/Priority 60% of state median income
Benefits $48 minimum; $475 maximum

California

Program Dates Year-round
Eligibility/Priority 60% of state median income.
Benefits $152 minimum; $1,000 maximum

Delaware

Program Dates May 1 - August 31
Eligibility / Priority 200% of federal poverty level
The Summer Cooling Assistance Program (SCAP) has two components: Electricity and Air Conditioning (A/C). SCAP provides cooling assistance to eligible low-income households to reduce their energy burden by subsidizing the cost of their summer home energy bills and/or paying for the purchase, delivery and installation of room-sized air conditioners (A/C). The purpose of SCAP is to assist low-income households that are especially vulnerable to high temperatures, heat, and humidity. Therefore, the SCAP is targeted to households with members sixty or older, disabled, children five and under, and members that suffer from chronic breathing conditions, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases of chronic bronchitis or emphysema. However, there can be exceptions to the targeted households depending on the availability of funding. In addition, since FFY 2016, the SCAP A/C requires that the household has not received an air conditioner under SCAP A/C during the last ten (10) years. If the household is requesting an A/C during this period, they must provide bona fide justification for requesting another air conditioner. (For example, to receive a replacement for a stolen A/C, the applicant has to submit the police report)
Benefits $1 minimum; $1,000 maximum

District of Columbia

Program Dates Year-round
Eligibility/Priority 60% of state median income
Benefits $250 minimum; $1,800 maximum
Other Subject to available funding, box fans are provided to households with inoperable air conditioning, when a member of the household is over the age of 55 or under the age of five.

Florida

Program Dates April 1 - September 30
Eligibility/Priority 150% of federal poverty level. Senior priority is a local agency decision.
Benefits $200 minimum; $600 maximum. Additional requirements for cooling assistance; at least on member of the household must be a legal resident of the U.S.; household must not have received the same type of benefit within the previous 12 months (excludes crisis); and must show proof that the applicant is responsible to pay for part or all of the utility bill.
Priority in elibility to elderly, didabled or young children; additional benefit is provided to households with higher energy burdens (i.e., lower income households).

Georgia

Program Dates April 1 - June 31
Eligibility/Priority 60% of state median income
Benefits $350 minimum; $400 maximum. (Vulnerable Population allocation amount: If a household has the vulnerable population factor of having an elderly person age 60 or over the household will receive the maximum benefit amount of $400.00.)

Hawaii

Program Dates March 2 - September 30
Eligibility/Priority 150% of federal poverty guidelines
Benefits $350 minimum; $1,410 maximum.

Indiana

Program Dates June 1 - August 21
Eligibility/Priority 60% of state median income or 150% of federal poverty guidelines for family of 7 or more.
Benefits Contingent upon available funding after winter heating season

Kentucky

Program Dates June 1 - September 30
Eligibility/Priority 130% of federal poverty level
Benefits $50 minimum; $175 maximum.
Other Benefits can also be provided in the form of air conditioning units. To be eligible for an air conditioner, the household must meet the eligibility requirements for cooling. The household must not have or have access to an air conditioner and must meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Have a member with a health condition or disability that requires cooling to prevent further deterioration as verified by a physician's statement on letterhead. Example: persons with heart disease, asthma or severe respiratory conditions.
  2. Have a member who is 65 years of age or older.
  3. Have a member who is under the age of six.

A household may receive both, the benefit amount and an air conditioner, if they meet the eligibility requirements.


Louisiana

Program Dates March 15 - September 30
Eligibility/Priority 60% of state median income.
Benefits $150 minimum, $600 maximum.

Mariana Islands

Program Dates Year-round
Eligibility/Priority 150% of federal poverty guidelines.
Benefits $58 minimum, $230 maximum.

Maryland

Program Dates May 1 - September 30
Eligibility/Priority 175% of federal poverty guidelines.
Benefits $120 minimum, $2,213 maximum.

Mississippi

Program Dates May 1 - September 30
Eligibility/Priority 60% of state median income.
Benefits $1 minimum; $1,500 maximum
Other Fans, air conditioners, cooling systems and other cooling energy-related service may be provided depending on need.

Nebraska

Program Dates June 1 - August 31
Eligibility/Priority 130% of federal poverty level.
Benefits $300 minimum, $700 maximum
Other Fans, air conditioners, cooling systems and other cooling energy-related service may be provided depending on need. LIHEAP funds are utilized to provide financial assistance to households meeting the cooling assistance and other eligibility requirements to purchase window air conditioning units. In some instances, financial assistance is provided for a portable air conditioner rather than a window air conditioner.

Nevada

Program Dates Year-round
Eligibility/Priority 150% of federal poverty level.
Benefits $180 minimum; $3,136 maximum

New Jersey

Program Dates October 1 - August 31; Program end dates are contingent upon availability of funds.
Request for Cooling Assistance is part of the general applicaiton for LIHEAP Assistance which starts 10/01 and ends 08/31 of the following year. However, the Program starts issuing Cooling payments the first week of May through August.
Eligibility/Priority 200% of federal poverty level. (60% SMI for households located in the three municipalities in Ocean and Passaic Counties, declared as a state of emergency by the Goveronr of New Jersey because of the flash floods).
Benefits Flat benefit of $200

New Mexico

Program Dates Year-round
Eligibility/Priority 150% of federal poverty level
Benefits $80 minimum, $560 maximum.

New York

Program Dates May 1 - August 31
Eligibility/Priority 150% federal poverty level. In addition to meeting New York State's income eligibility and living arrangement eligibility criteria, all applicants for the Cooling Assistance component must have a medical condition, which is exacerbated by heat and verified in writing by a physician, physician's assistant, or nurse practitioner and do not have a working air conditioner that is newer than five years. Applicants are only eligible for a Cooling Assistance benefit once every ten years.
Benefits Minimum $10; Maximum 800

North Dakota

Program Dates The state LIHEAP does not routinely include a cooling program but reserves the option to implement a temporary cooling program in the event of unusual cooling needs due to weather aberrations, contingent upon available funding
Eligibility/Priority 60% state median income, documented medical condition
Benefits $1 minimum, $2,000 maximum. North Dakota cooling program (not regularly implemented) does not pay a household's cooling costs. Instead, a LIHEAP-eligible household may qualify for a cooling device (an air conditioner or a fan, as the need dictates) or repair on an existing cooling device, if a member of the household is elderly or has a documented medical need.

Oklahoma

Program Dates June 1 - August 31
Eligibility/Priority 130% of federal poverty level
Benefits $150 minimum; $365 maximum
Applications requesting assistance to purchase or repair cooling equipment can be reimbursed up to $150. Applicants must provide a recent 30 days receipt prior to approval.

Oregon

Program Dates year-round
Eligibility/Priority 60% of state median income
Benefits $250 minimum; $1,050 maximum; Households in crisis may be eligible for other services, depending on specific situations and needs, including in-kind items such as blankets, air conditioners, and other emergency supplies.

Puerto Rico

Program Dates March 2 - September 30
Eligibility/Priority 150% of federal poverty level.
Benefits $100 minimum; $550 maximum

South Carolina

Program Dates May 1 - September 30
Eligibility/Priority 150% of federal poverty level.
Benefits $300 minimum, $675 maximum

Tennessee

Program Dates Year-round
Eligibility/Priority 150% of federal poverty level.
Benefits $175 minimum, $650 maximum

Texas

Program Dates Year-round
Eligibility/Priority 150% of federal poverty level
Benefits $1 minimum; $5,400 maximum. Under energy crisis, a non-vulnerable Household may receive service and repair of existing heating and cooling units not to exceed $3,000 when the county is experiencing Extreme Weather Conditions. Vulnerable Households that include at least one member that is Elderly, Disabled, or a Child age 5 or younger, may receive service and repair of existing heating and cooling units not to exceed $3,000 or a portable air conditioning/evaporative coolers and heating units (portable electric heaters are allowable only as a last resort) regardless of weather conditions.

Virginia

Program Dates June 15 - August 17
Eligibility/Priority 130% of federal poverty level.
Benefits $50 minimum; $550 maximum.

Washington

Program Dates Year-round
Eligibility/Priority 125% of federal poverty level.
Benefits $100 minimum; $1,000 maximum.

West Virginia

Program Dates May 1 - September 30; We will do a cooling program if there are funds left to do a cooling program after the heating season.
Eligibility/Priority 60% of state median income.
Benefits $120 minimum; $355 maximum.