The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is 100 percent federally funded through a grant from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services. LIHEAP provides funds to the states to help meet the utility costs of low-income eligible elderly and disabled adults. The program is administered through contracts to a network of 20 established non-profit and local government agencies experienced in providing energy assistance programs. Services are available in all 95 counties. Eligibility is based on established federal poverty guidelines. Activities consist of a special summer cooling program ($325 max. payment) and regular and emergency heating assistance ($250 max. payment). Eligible applicants can receive assistance once per year from two of the three programs. The assistance is in the form of a payment to the utility company or home energy provider.
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Tennessee 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:
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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.
To apply for this program, please contact the local administering agency near you. You can find your local administering agency on the Tennessee LIHEAP Agencies page.