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North Dakota Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Benefits

Program Description

The North Dakota Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps eligible individuals and families with heating and insulation related costs in the winter, and cooling costs in the summer. Last year about 13,800 low-income households in North Dakota participated in the state program, and individual tribal LIHEAP programs served tribal members living on reservations in the state.

General Program Requirements

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

Eligibility for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is based upon two criteria: 1) income eligibility, and 2) assets eligibility.

Applicant households must meet the eligibility criteria of both components to receive benefits under LIHEAP.

Income: The income of all persons living in the household must be included in the determination of household income. There are deductions for allowable expenses such as child care, child support, medical expenses and 27 percent income deduction on earned income.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below 60 percent of the State's Median Income:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $26,885
2 $35,157
3 $43,430
4 $51,702
5 $59,974
6 $68,247
7 $69,798
8 $71,349

Assets: The total assets of all persons living in the household cannot exceed $10,000. Each household member age 60 or over is allowed an extra $5,000 in assets. Assets include cash, savings, or check accounts, stocks, bonds, CDs, burial accounts and other personal property or real estate which could be borrowed against or sold for cash.

Types of property NOT counted in the $10,000, include one's home, clothing, personal effects, household goods, two licensed road vehicles and any real estate property which is producing reasonable income.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

To apply for this benefit, receive further program eligibility information, or check the status of an existing case, contact your local County Social Services Office:

Program Contact Information

For additional information, please visit the program FAQ page:
Or direct your questions to the department toll-free: 1-800-755-2716