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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 2019 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.

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State Heating Cooling Crisis Comment
Alabama
10/1 - 5/31 6/1 - 9/30 year-round Crisis Heating Assistance-10/1/2018-5/31/2019; Crisis Cooling Assistance-6/1/2019-9/30/2019
Alaska
10/1 - 4/30   11/01 - 04/30 04/01 - 06/30
American Samoa
year-round year-round year-round
Arizona
year-round year-round year-round Arizona has identified date ranges for heating and cooling, and has assigned a date range to each county for FFY 2019.
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.
Arkansas
year-round year-round; year-round  
California
year-round year-round year-round year-round
Colorado
11/1 - 4/30   year-round The year round Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) allows for the repair or replacement of inoperable primary fuel heating systems. The State contracts with Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC), a local non-profit agency, to manage this program. EOC coordinates with local weatherization agencies, which has provided the opportunity to repair and/or replace inoperable systems prior to the start of the cold weather season ensuring the health and safety of vulnerable households.
Connecticut
11/15 - 3/15   11/15 - 3/15 year-round
Delaware
10/1 - 4/30 5/1 - 8/31 year-round Heating assistance application process is 1 July - 31 march, Cooling (Air Conditioning) assistance application process is 1 April - 15 August. Crisis assistance application process is ongoing but dependent on the weather conditions.
District of Columbia
year-round year-round year-round year-round
Florida
10/1 - 3/31 4/1 - 9/30 year-round Florida operates a year-round heating, cooling and crisis assistance program.
Georgia
11/1 - 5/31 *6/1 - 9/31 year-round The contract to the Community Action Agencies for the LIHEAP program is from October 1, 2018 until September 30, 2019. The Heating and Crisis assistance is seasonal from November 1, 2017 until May 31, 2018. *A cooling program is offered June 1, 2019 until September 31, 2019 only if or when funds are available. The weatherization program is operated from October 1, 2018 until September 30, 2019.
Hawaii
3/1 - 9/30 3/1 - 9/30 year-round Heating and Cooling assistance period will begin March 2019. Preparations begin for the start of the application period beginning May 1, 2019. Program start up to include hiring, training and educating employees. Scheduling outreach appointments and sites. Also to prepare offices for the start of the application period.
Idaho
10/1 - 6/30   year-round year-round
Illinois
10/1 - 5/31   10/1 - 5/31 The heating assistance program is scheduled to start October 1, 2018 beginning with a priority for seniors and disabled applicants utilizing 2019 HHS funds. The Weatherization program started July 1, 2018 utilizing 2018 HHS funding. Due to funding availability, a cooling program will not be offered in FFY19. In the event contingency funds are released by HHS, the Department will set aside a portion of the funding and may administer a summer cooling program.
Indiana
10/1 - 5/17 *6/3 - 8/23 11/1 - 8/23 Indiana is committed to its Weatherization services for low-income individuals and will allocate up to the maximum funding allowed for program administration using the same program dates listed above. Additionally, since Indiana experiences more cold weather months, funds will be set aside for Crisis Assistance through the end of Moratorium, or March 15 of each year. However, Crisis Assistance, if funds are available will be offered year round. *Additionally, if funds are available, a Summer Cooling program will be administered beginning in June.
Iowa
10/1 - 4/30   year-round Households containing an elderly or disabled member are allowed to apply on October 1st, while all other households must wait until November 1st.
Kansas
1/17 - 3/29   1/17 - 3/29 4/1 - 3/30
Kentucky
11/5 - 12/14   1/7 - 3/29 *Cooling assistance is offered only when the state receive emergency cooling funds, or it is determined that weather climate dictates that a cooling program is necessary for the health and safety of the citizens of the commonwealth.
Louisiana
10/1 - 3/31 4/1 - 9/30 year-round year-round
Maine
10/1 - 7/15   11/1 - 4/30 Heating Assistance: For FFY 2019, Subgrantees will begin taking applications on August 27, 2018 and will continue taking applications through July 15, 2019. Weatherization Assistance Component: End date 09/30/2019 unless MaineHousing extends beyond 09/30/2019.
Maryland
11/1 - 5/31 6/1 - 8/31 11/1 - 5/31 Customers do not apply separately for crisis assistance in Maryland and there are no separate fuel benefits provided. Crisis assistance is provided as expedited assistance as defined by Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 07.03.21.10. Crisis assistance funds are also provided to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development through and Inter-Agency Agreement for emergency heating and/or cooling system repair and replacement.
Massachusetts
11/1 - 4/30   11/1 - 4/30 An application received on April 30th must be completed by the applicant no later than May 31st. If April 30th falls on a weekend, the last business day in April will serve as the final date to apply for fuel assistance.
Michigan
1/1 - 9/30   year-round year-round
Minnesota
10/1 - 5/31   10/1 - 6/30 Energy Related Repair (ERR) Crisis assistance Start date: 10/01/2017 or when funds are available, whichever is later. End date: 06/30/2018 When a date of operation falls on a weekend or holiday the effective date will be the first business day following the listed date with the exception of 09/30. The last date of operation for the Federal Fiscal year is 09/30 or the last business in September if 09/30 is on a weekend. Applications must be received or postmarked by 05/31; heating assistance payments must be obligated by July 15. Crisis assistance will begin on 10/01 or when funding is available, whichever is later. Emergency (Crisis) benefits and Energy Related Repair (ERR) benefits may be approved through 06/30, if funding is available. Funding for Weatherization Assistance will be available to the Weatherization Assistance Program in the Minnesota Department of Commerce (Commerce) after receipt of 100% of the expected regular LIHEAP federal allocation and the approval of the EAPWX State Annual Plan.
Mississippi
10/1 - 4/30 5/1 - 9/30 year-round year-round
Missouri
11/1 - 3/31   11/1 - 9/30 year-round
Montana
10/1 - 4/30   year-round year-round
Nebraska
10/1 - 3/31 6/1 - 8/31 year-round Nebraska currently provides a year round crisis program. Nebraska contracts with the Nebraska Energy Office (NEO) administer the weatherization program, this is a separate contract. The availability of the cooling program and the variables used to determine eligible households will depend on the funding received for the current fiscal year LIHEAP funds. For heating and cooling eligible households, an extra payment may be made in the form of a supplemental payment or an increase in the regular season's payment during the current energy year. These payments may be made to either a provider or to the household. Supplemental payments will be an option for circumstances which include excess/additional funding, high energy, or extreme weather.
Nevada
year-round year-round year-round Nevada has a combined year-round heating and cooling program.
New Hampshire
year-round   year-round year-round
New Jersey
10/1 - 8/31 10/1 - 8/31 10/1 - 8/31 Program end dates are contingent upon availability of funds. The application process for cooling is the same as the LIHEAP heating season, however, the first week in May is the start date for issuing cooling benefits.
New Mexico
year-round year-round year-round year-round
New York
11/13 - 3/15 5/1 - 8/31 1/2 - 3/15 The Heating Assistance component may be extended beyond the proposed 3/15/2018 closing date if New York State receives additional funding. This Plan is based on an assumption of flat Federal funding. The Cooling Assistance component will run until 8/30/2019 or until funding allocated to this component is exhausted, whichever comes first. The Crisis Assistance component may be extended beyond the proposed 3/15/2019 closing date if New York State receives additional funding. This Plan is based on an assumption of flat Federal funding. New York State will operate a Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement component from 11/05/2018 until 9/30/2019 or until funding allocated to this component is exhausted, whichever comes first. New York State will operate a Clean and Tune Program under the Heating Assistance component from 04/01/2019 and to close on 11/01/2019 or until funding allocated to this program is exhausted, whichever comes first. Weatherization assistance in New York State is administered by the New York State Division of Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Income Guidelines, maximum income eligibility for the New York State Home Energy Assistance Program is set at the higher of 60% of State Median Income or 150% of the Federal Poverty Level.
North Carolina
12/1 - 3/31   year-round year-round
North Dakota
10/1 - 5/31 year-round year-round North Dakota's regular heating season program runs from 10/1/18 - 5/31/19. Applications for North Dakota's emergency (year-round crisis) program are accepted from 10/1/18 - 9/30/19. The North Dakota State LIHEAP does not routinely include a cooling program. However, the State reserves the option to implement a temporary cooling program in the event of unusual cooling needs due to weather aberrations, contingent upon available funding.
Ohio
year-round   11/1 - 3/31 winter crisis; 7/1 - 8/31 summer crisis The Winter Crisis program dates are indicated above. The Summer Crisis program dates are 07/01/2019 - 08/31/2019.
Oklahoma
11/6 - 2/15 6/18 - 8/30 year-round Weatherization is managed by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and subcontracted to Community Action agencies throughout the state. DHS offer heating assistance, cooling assistance, and ECAP during Open Enrollment period on the dates above. Application are accepted until allocated funding is encumbered. End dates above are estimates. DHS accept application for ECAP assistance year round from households with a household member that has a medical condition and would become life threatening without the use of the utility. Our Open Enrollment period for ECAP will begin in March 19th, 2019.
Oregon
year-round year-round year-round year-round
Pennsylvania
11/1 - 4/12   11/1 - 4/12 yar-round
Puerto Rico
4/2 - 9/30 4/2 - 9/30 1/1 - 9/30
Rhode Island
year-round   year-round year-round
South Carolina
10/1 - 4/30 5/1 - 9/30 year-round South Carolina will operate the LIHEAP program based on the calendar year, January 1 - December 31, 2019. Therefore, heating assistance will also be provided 10/01/2019 - 12/31/2019.
South Dakota
year-round   year-round  
Tennessee
year-round year-round year-round We are transitioning to the Federal Fiscal Year and will begin running the program on the federal fiscal year starting 10/1/19. We run a year round program as long as funding is available. FY19 funds will be allocated to subgrantees on 1/3/2019 and will be in contracts through 9/30/19. THDA reserves the reallocate LIHEAP funds as needed to ensure that funds can be utilized before the end of the obligation period. THDA reserves the ability to increase client benefit amount across fuel types, as needed, in order to reduce the energy burden for LIHEAP Households.
Texas
year-round year-round year-round year-round
Utah
10/1 - 4/30   year-round Applications for households with members of a target group (elderly, disabled, children under 6 years of age) will be processed beginning October 1 of each year. The program will open to the general public on November 1 of each year.
Vermont
year-round   11/26 - 4/30 Applications for heating assistance are processed year-round by the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF), Economic Services Division (ESD). Applications for winter crisis assistance are processed by Vermont's five Community Action Agencies under grant agreements with ESD, beginning the last Monday in November up to and including the last business day in April, or until crisis funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first. Vermont also operates a year-round, limited-funded, crisis fuel tank replacement program for fuel tanks that have been "red-tagged," or are at imminent risk of failure. The crisis tank replacement program is operated under an interagency agreement with the Department of Environmental Conservation and a second smaller agreement is in place with the DCF Office of Economic Opportunity. Weatherization assistance operates year round and is conducted by the the DCF Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), Weatherization Program. OEO also operates a year round furnace repair and replacement program which operates under the crisis section of the state model plan.
Virginia
10/9 - 11/9 6/15 - 8/15 11/1- 3/15 year-round
Washington
10/1 - 6/30   10/1 -6/30  
West Virginia
10/1 - 3/31 4/1 - 9/30 year-round If funding permits, crisis assistance (which includes our Emergency Repair and Replacement program) will run the entire length of the program with an end date no earlier than 3/31/19. We will do a cooling program if there are funds left to do a cooling program. The funds would be used for regular heating assistance and crisis assistance before cooling assistance. We may also request a waiver in March to increase the amount of Weatherization.
Wisconsin
10/1 - 5/15   year-round year-round
Wyoming
10/1 - 5/31   10/1 - 4/15 Applications for heating assistance are accepted through 02/28/2019; Crisis assistance is available through 04/15/2019; applications for Weatherization assistance are accepted year round. Wyoming is a cold weather state with very few months of hot weather. Because of limited funding and long winters, Wyoming does not provide Cooling assistance. Season begin and end dates are: Heating assistance regulated utilities (seasonal benefit) November 1, 2018 - May 31, 2019; Crisis assistance (Special Situations) October 1, 2018 - April 15, 2019; Weatherization assistance (LIEAP WAP) October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2019; Unregulated deliverable fuels heating assistance (seasonal benefit) October 1, 2018 - May 31, 2019.

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