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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.  
 
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, it must provide documentation by submitting a copy of its lease agreement.
 
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? No
Benefits
The State specifies the flat payment and the ceiling amount for the rent per month for renters living in subsidized housing when heat is not included in the rent. 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 Benefit Matrix.
 
District of Columbia
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
Benefits
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 directly responsible for paying their own heating costs.
 
Florida
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Benefits
Must show proof that the applicant is responsible to pay for part or all of the utility bill.
 
Georgia
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
Comment
No assistance for renters who live in subsidized housing or whose utilities are included in the rent.
 
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
Benefits
Households with heat included in rent receive the minimum benefit. Households with subsidized housing receive a benefit equivalent to that of a low-burden household.
 
Illinois
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
Renters with utilities included in rent? YesNo
Comments
Renters with utilities include 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. Renters are not eligible for furnace assistance.
 
Indiana
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
Comment
Households who receive a housing subsidy with heat and electric utilities included are not eligible for energy assistance. Households that do not receive a housing subsidy and whose rent includes heat and electric utilities are not eligible for energy assistance.
 
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? No
Renters with utilities included in rent? No
 
Kentucky
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Benefits
Households residing in subsidized housing will be responsible for a higher co-payment due to receiving a utility allowance.
 
Louisiana
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
Renters with utilities 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
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Comment
The maximum LIHEAP benefit for households residing in subsidized housing with heat included is $21 per program year.
 
Maryland
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? Yes
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
Benefits
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. Residents of subsidized housing must provide proof that they are directly responsible for paying their own heating costs and receive a lower benefit level 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
A renter living in a subsidized building or living in a Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) building who pays a vendor directly for their heat, or who live in a subsidized building or a LIHTC building, with heat included in rent where the monthly rent is more than 30% of the gross LIHEAP monthly income, is eligible for a partial LIHEAP benefit. A renter that does not live in a subsidized building or a LIHTC building, 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
Benefits
Renters, whose heating costs are included in their rent or if heat service is in someone else's name, the credit is reduced by 50 percent.
 
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 subsidized based on income. For 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 on income and not energy cost.
 
Mississippi
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? Y"es
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
 
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. 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 are eligible. 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
Benefits
Residents of subsidized housing whose energy costs are included as a portion of their rent or who reside in subsidized housing and have an obligation to pay a base load electric bill are not eligible for a regular LIEAP benefit. However, these households are eligible for a modified LIEAP benefit paid at the rate of 5% of the amount of a regular LIEAP benefit. A minimum payment of $25 will be paid to the household annually. For eligible non-subsidized tenant households where energy costs are included in rental payments are eligible for payments that do not exceed 50% of their rent or a pro-rata monthly amount of the benefit, whichever is less.
Comment
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
Comment
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
Benefits
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.
Comment
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, the household is ineligible for energy assistance.

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 payable to the household.

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.
 
New Hampshire
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Comment
Renters residing in subsidized housing will be 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
Benefits
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.
 
New York
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Benefits
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. Higher benefit levels are provided to households that pay directly for heat than to heat included households.
Comment
Households that reside in subsidized housing and with heat included are not eligible for the Cooling Assistance component.
 
North Carolina
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
 
North Dakota
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
Renters with utilities included in rent? No
Comment
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
Benefits Renters who reside in subsidized housing must have a main heating or electric bill in their name to receive assistance. Renters with utilities included in the rent must show proof of responsibility and cannot live in subsidized housing. A weighted benefit is given to clients that have someone in the home over the age of 60 or a documented disability.
 
Oklahoma
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? Yes
  Renters in subsidized housing? Yes
Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
Benefits
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 the 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 a surcharge during high usage months to be considered vulnerable. Applicants that are roomers receive a smaller benefit in heating, still based on income.
 
Oregon
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
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
Eligible roomers and renters who pay for heat indirectly for their residence as an undesignated part of the rent will receive 50 percent of the LIHEAP cash benefit for which they would otherwise qualify. 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.
 
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
Benefits
For households that have utilities included in rent, they have different benefit amounts than households that pay a vendor directly.
 
Tennessee
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
Renters with utilities included in rent? No
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
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
Renters with utilities included in rent? Yes
Comment
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.
 
Utah
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
Renters with utilities included in rent? No
 
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
Benefits
Subsidized households who are responsible for periodic payment of individual excess fuel usage charges (even though heating or cooling expenses are included in their rent) are not eligible for heating or cooling assistance. Subsidized households whose total heating or cooling costs are included in their rent are not eligible for heating or cooling 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
    Assistance groups that have utilities 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 indicated 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
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. Verification of heat and/or non-heating electric included in rent is required and the means of verification must be indicated in HE+ System Notes, such as, but not limited to:

• Observation of a lease or rental agreement,

• Observation of previous year's information if the applicant is at the same residence,

• Verbal contact with the landlord, or

• In some cases the heating vendor can verify if heat is included.
 
Wyoming
Does eligibility differ for:
Renter? No
  Renters in subsidized housing? No
Renters with utilities included in rent? No