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Alabama
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Alaska
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes*
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
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. If they live in subsidized housing and all utilities are included, they do not qualify for a heating assistance benefit because they have no costs.
American Samoa
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Arizona
Does eligibility differ for:
  Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Arkansas
Does eligibility differ for:
  Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
Comment If the household declares that its utilities are included in the rent, documentation must be provided by submitting a copy of a Lease Agreement that specify utilities are included in their rent.
California
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Colorado
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Connecticut
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? Yes
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
  Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
Delaware
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
  Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
Comment The policy for renters living in subsidized housing when heat is not included in the rent is that State specifies the flat payment and the ceiling amount for the rent per month. If rent in subsidized housing is greater than the ceiling amount specified by the State, then the LIHEAP benefit is issued according to the LIHEAP DEAP Benefit Matrix. If heat is in rent and the household pays the entire rent amount, the fuel type for the benefit is determined to be electric.
District of Columbia
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
  Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
Comment
Applicants that are residents of subsidized housing or residents of a dwelling unit where utilities are included in the rent must provide proof in the form of a utility bill that they are responsible for paying a portion of their own energy costs. If the renter's situation is one where the utilities are not a distinct charge from the rent, no assistance is provided as there is no individual bill and neither energy cost nor energy burden can be determined.
Florida
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Georgia
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No*
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No*
Comment
Georgia offers LIHEAP assistance to renters who live in subsidized housing if their utility bill is in their name or the renter can verify an energy burden. Renters whose utilities are included in the rent are not eligible for LIHEAP assistance unless the renter can verify an energy burden.
Hawaii
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Idaho
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Illinois
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? Yes
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
Comments
Renters with utilities included in their rent have to verify their rent is greater than 30% of their income for 30 days prior to application in order to be eligible to receive benefits. In addition, the furnace component is for homeowners. Since landlords have legal responsibility to provide heat to their tenants during the winter months, renters are not eligible for Furnace Assistance..
Indiana
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Iowa
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Kansas
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Comments
Renters living in subsidized housing where the heating fuel costs are included in their rent are not eligible for energy assistance.
Kentucky
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Louisiana
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
  Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
Benefits
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
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No*
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Comment
Applicants residing in subsidized housing with heat included must provide documentation to verify the applicant has an indirect energy cost:
One of the following documents is required to verify the applicant's/tenant's responsibilities for monthly rent and/or utilities: a) current lease/rental agreement; b) housing subsidy recertification worksheet; or c) recertification form (HUD 500/58 or RD 3560-8). Copy of a current electric utility bill (if applicant is responsible for electricity).
Maryland
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? Yes
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
  Renters with utilities 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 for paying their own heating costs and receive a lower benefit level than those with similar incomes that do not have access to subsidized housing since a utility allowance is incorporated into their subsidy.
Massachusetts
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? Yes
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
  Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
Benefits
For purposes of determining LIHEAP eligibility, there are three types of renters: 1) Those that receive a subsidy; 2) those that live in a rent restricted unit within a Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) building; and 3) all other renters. The LIHEAP benefit is based on the renter and their heating situation. A renter living in a subsidized building or living in a LIHTC building who pays a vendor directly for their heat or who lives in a subsidized building or LIHTC building, as described above, with heat included in their rent where the monthly rent is more than 30% of the gross LIHEAP monthly income, may be eligible for a partial LIHEAP benefit. Those renters living in subsidized housing or in a LIHTC buidling with heat included in their rent that pay 30% or less of their gross LIHEAP monthly income towards rent are not eligible for fuel assistance. A renter that does not live in a subsidized building or LIHTC building, as described above, that either pays their vendor directly for their heat or whose heat cost is included in their rent is eligible for a full LIHEAP benefit.
Michigan
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
Comments
The credit amount for renters, whose heating costs are included in their rent or if heat service is in someone else's name, is reduced by 50 percent. Michigan believes that the 50 percent reduction is equitable and within the guidelines of this program since groups whose heat is included in their rent or when the bill is in someone else's name are unable to provide proof of their actual heat obligations and costs. This group is eligible but at a lower benefit amount. HHC allows applicants to provide their actual heating costs; therefore those paying actual costs that are greater than the standard credit, for the same group size, receive a larger benefit amount.
Minnesota
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Benefits
Households must be vulnerable to rising energy costs. For heat included in rent households, rising energy costs can result in higher rent if rent is not government subsidized based on income. For government subsidized housing, if heat and electric is included in rent, the household in not eligible for energy assistance, as they are not vulnerable to rising energy costs, if rent is based solely on income and not rising energy costs.
Mississippi
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? Yes
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
Comments
The applicant should provide either a copy of their lease; a writtern, signed notarized statement from the landlord detailing the heating/cooling arrangement with the client; or contract with the landlord that verifies the heating/cooling arrangement that the landlord has with the household. Persons/households residing in public/subsidized housing dwelling unless their rent/mortgage includes utilities and they are not being billed separately for energy cost. These households are ineligible for energy assistance benefits. Roomer/boarder status is given to an individual who is not a household member and is paying the client to reside in their residence. To qualify as a roomer/boarder, the applicant/household must be the homeowner. Roomer/boarder payments are countable income as long as they are considered a profit to the household.
Missouri
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
  Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
Benefits
Individuals living in rental property and who are paying a home energy supplier directly for their heating costs receive the same benefit as a similarly situated homeowner. Renters living in Subsidized Housing: Households residing in public subsidized housing with utilities included as an undesignated portion of their monthly rent, provided they can document they are paying energy costs over and above the utility allowance included in their regular monthly rental charge. Renters Utilities included in the Rent: Households with heating costs included as undesignated portion of their monthly rental charge receive a payment equal to 8% of their annual rental costs or the amount they would receive as a home owner, whichever is less.
Montana
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
  Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
Comments
Households determined eligible for the Subsidized Housing Energy Assistance modified LIEAP benefit whose economic and housing situation does not change will be determined LIEAP eligible for a period of 5 years.
Nebraska
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Comments
For subsidized housing, the household must be responsible for a portion of the heating payment to be eligible for heating.
Nevada
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
  Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
Comments
Renters living in subsidized/public housing where all utilities are included in the rent and they are not billed separately for their energy costs are ineligible for an EAP benefit. If the utility account(s) are in the landlord's name and the utilities are included in the rent, and the residence is not master-metered, an eligible household may receive the minimum payment of $180 paid directly to the household if all other eligibility criteria are met.
New Hampshire
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Comments
Renters residing in subsidized housing are eligible for benefits if they meet all other FAP requirements for eligibility and are responsible for paying the heating bill directly to a deliverable fuel vendor or utility. Renters residing in subsidized housing will not be eligible for a benefit if the heat is included in the rent.
New Jersey
Does eligibility differ for:
 
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
New Mexico
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Comment
Households receiving subsidized rent assistance who receive a subsidy for utilities but who incur an additional out-of pocket expense for utilities are eligible for LIHEAP. Those who do not have an out-of pocket expense are not eligible for a benefit.
New York
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Comment
Households that do not make payments directly to a vendor for their primary heating but make undesignated payments for heat as a portion of their rent and are in an eligible living arrangement will receive a benefit based on the two-tier payment structure. A household's tier is based on their gross monthly income taking into account household size. Variables that determine benefit level explanation for household's that pay directly for heat: Tier I eligibility is based on gross income and household size, on the date of application the households gross income must be at or below 130% of federal poverty level for the household size; or at least one adult household member must be in receipt of ongoing assistance through Temporary Assistance (TA), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) or Code A SSI. Tier I will receive an additional $26 to their base benefit. Households with a vulnerable member (under the age of six, age 60 or older, or permanently disabled) will receive an additional $25 to their base benefit. *If a household meets the criteria for both, the maximum total regular benefit is $726. The base regular benefit for oil, kerosene, and propane of $675, plus an additional $25 for households containing a vulnerable household member and $26 for Tier I households. New York State's regular HEAP benefit structure assists households that pay a high proportion of household income for energy. As research has shown that heat included households consume less energy than households that pay directly for heat and are, therefore, less likely to have a high home energy burden, higher benefit levels are provided to households that pay directly for heat than to heat included households. In addition, to target high burden households, higher benefits are provided to those households that have the lowest income.
North Carolina
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
Comment
NC does not pay rent assistance.
North Dakota
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Comment
Subsidized Housing: Households that pay rent in a government-subsidized housing project or program and are not directly responsible for home energy costs are considered to be fully protected from the rising cost of heating fuel and are not eligible for LIHEAP. The rental costs for these households are based on a fixed percentage of the household's income and/or other factors, and does not increase or decrease when fuel costs increase or decrease.
Ohio
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
  Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
Comments Tenants whose electric bills are not in the renter's name(s) are ineligible to receive benefits, unless they provide verification that they pay all or a portion
(i.e. HUD Section 8 housing) of the electric bill.
Oklahoma
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? Yes
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
  Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
Benefits
Renters, renters with utilities included in rent and renters in subsidized housing receive the same benefit amounts as homeowners. Renters in subsidized housing must be responsible for at least a portion of their heating utility in order to be considered vulnerable. Renters with utilities included in rent must verify that a specific portion of the rent is for the cost of utilities or be charged for a surcharge amount during high usage months to be considered vulnerable. Applicants that are roomers receive a smaller benefit heating but it is still based on income.
Oregon
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Pennsylvania
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Benefits
Renters, including 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. NOTE: 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 heating costs, that household then becomes eligible for a cash benefit, if otherwise eligible. 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 crisis benefit, if otherwise eligible. Renters whose rent is unsubsidized and pay for heat indirectly as an undesignated part of rent are eligible for LIHEAP benefits.
Puerto Rico
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Rhode Island
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
South Carolina
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
South Dakota
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
Comments
For households that have utilities included in rent, they have different benefit amounts than households that pay a vendor directly. For the Elderly and Disables priority, those households are mailed pre-filled out applications if they were approved the previous heating season. Those applications are mailed first.
Tennessee
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Texas
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Utah
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
  Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
Comments
Renters living in subsidized housing must have the utility bill in their name in order to be vulnerable. Renters with utilities included in their rent must provide either a lease agreement or landlord statement to be eligible for benefits.
Vermont
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Virginia
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Comments
Subsidized households (public housing authority) who are only responsible for periodic payment of individual excess utility usage charges (heating expenses included in rent) are not eligible for heating assistance. Subsidized households (public housing) whose heating costs are included in the rent (utilities paid by the housing authority) are not eligible for heating assistance.
Washington
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No
West Virginia
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
Comments
Assistance groups that have utilites included in the rent but are not billed seperately for a heating cost must be evaluated for LIHEAP eligibility. If a client applies for LIHEAP and indicates their utilities are included in their rent, the worker requests verification of those said utilities. This can be done via phone call, rent receipt, lease, contract, etc.
Wisconsin
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
Comment
If the applicant lives in a mobile home and claims to own the unit, indicate they are an owner even if they pay lot rent in a mobile home park. Agencies shall enter as much landlord or management company contact information as the applicant is able to provide. Landlord or management company contact information is essential to Weatherization referrals.
The landlord's or management company name and phone number is required when heat or electric is included in rent or a separate payment is made to the landlord. Applicants are required to provide verification for the payment methods and the means of verification must be indicated.
Wyoming
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
  Renters with utilities included in rent? No