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South Dakota Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) Benefits

Program Description

The South Dakota Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) provides financial assistance to low income South Dakota households to pay their home heating bills.

Energy assistance does not pay the full cost of a family's home heating. The program assists those families who would otherwise be unable to pay the cost of their home heating. Maximum payments for the lowest income households are approximately 70 percent of the entire heating cost.

No household is automatically eligible. All households must apply, showing proof of income and home heating costs. To be eligible, a household's total gross income may not exceed maximum income guidelines and the household must be responsible for paying home heating costs. Energy assistance payments will be made to energy suppliers.

Energy assistance money will be distributed on a first-come basis. Applicant eligibility and assistance amount are calculated according to household size, income, type and cost of heating and geographical location of household.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of South Dakota and you must need financial assistance for home energy costs.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $20,598
2 $27,878
3 $35,158
4 $42,438
5 $49,718
6 $56,998
7 $64,278
8 $71,558
A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To apply for the low income energy assistance program visit:
http://dss.sd.gov/formsandpubs/docs/ENERGY/energyassistanceapplication.pdf

Program Contact Information

To learn more information about the program, please visit the South Dakota Energy Assistance website at: http://dss.sd.gov/energyassistance/lowincome/index.asp
Or directly contact the South Dakota Department of Social Services-Office of Energy Assistance: 800-233-8503