While we are not affiliated with the government in any way, our private company engaged writers to research the LIHEAP program and compiled a guide and the following answers to frequently asked questions. Our goal is to help you get the benefits that you need by providing useful information on the process.
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The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides assistance for energy costs to low-income households. LIHEAP is a federal program that is administered by individual states, territories, and tribes. In South Dakota, LIHEAP is administered by the South Dakota Department of Social Services.
Learn more about LIHEAP by reviewing the federal program fact sheet here.
For more information about LIHEAP in South Dakota, click here.
The Department of Social Services of South Dakota oversees LIHEAP benefits and provides financial assistance for heating expenses to qualified households. Financial assistance can include payment for:
For more information about LIHEAP’s heating assistance initiative in South Dakota, see the South Dakota state 2022 LIHEAP Detailed Model Plan here.
South Dakota’s LIHEAP program does not provide financial compensation for cooling expenses. However, it does assist with cooling emergencies if applicants qualify for Crisis Assistance.
LIHEAP Crisis Assistance, like standard LIHEAP benefits, is a cash grant provided to the utility companies of eligible individuals in certain situations.
If your household meets all the eligibility requirements above and has an energy-related crisis, you may qualify for LIHEAP Crisis Assistance.
The state of South Dakota defines a “crisis situation” as one where a household:
A “life-threatening crisis situation” also qualifies a household for Crisis Assistance. This occurs when:
For qualifying households, the maximum annual benefit amount for LIHEAP Crisis Assistance is a one-time payment of $2,400.
Learn more about Crisis Assistance on page 12 of the LIHEAP Detailed Model Plan here.
To determine the amount of energy assistance for which you are eligible, the Department of Social Services of South Dakota will consider:
Also, whether you are eligible for regular LIHEAP payments or Crisis Assistance payments will influence your maximum benefit amount.
As of 2022, the maximum annual benefit amount for heating in South Dakota is $2,291 and the minimum annual benefit amount is $668.
To qualify for LIHEAP in South Dakota, you must meet the following requirements:
The Department of Social Services of South Dakota prioritizes households with elderly, disabled, or young members. Elderly is considered 60 years or older, and young is considered five years old or younger.
Learn more about the LIHEAP financial eligibility requirements in South Dakota here.
If you or a member of your family participates in the benefit programs below, then you may automatically be eligible for LIHEAP based on your income:
Eligible households can usually apply for LIHEAP assistance from October 1st until September 30th each year. However, specific application deadlines may depend on the fuel type. LIHEAP applications cannot be submitted year-round.
To apply for LIHEAP in South Dakota, complete the following three steps:
Learn what documents and information you need to complete the process here.
To apply online, complete and submit the South Dakota digital application here.
To apply by mail, download, print and fill out the LIHEAP application found here. (If you do not have access to a computer or printer to fill out your application at home, you may pick up an application from your local Department of Social Services office here.) Once you have completed your application, mail it and any other necessary documents to the following address:
Office of Energy Assistance
910 E. Sioux Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
To apply in person, visit your local Department of Social Services office, which you can find here.
Access the South Dakota LIHEAP application here.
Note that applications for Crisis Assistance, for households that meet the state definition of a crisis, can be submitted year-round.
If you have questions about the application process or require assistance, contact the Office of Energy Assistance at (800) 233-8503. If you require TTY assistance, call (800) 325-0778.
When applying for South Dakota LIHEAP benefits, you will need to provide:
The state will need the following documents and information to confirm your eligibility for LIHEAP benefits:
Learn more about the documentation needed during the LIHEAP application process here.
To check your application status, you can call the Office of Energy Assistance at (800) 233-8503.
If you require TTY assistance, call (800) 325-0778.
The Department of Social Services of South Dakota will notify you within 30 days of receiving your application if you are approved to receive benefits. All LIHEAP payments are made to the heating or energy provider directly. Benefit payments will not be sent to you.
If you are denied South Dakota LIHEAP benefits, you may request a hearing to appeal the decision within 60 days of when you received the denial. You can file an appeal by mail, email, phone or in person at your local Department of Social Services (DSS) office.
To file an appeal for a Fair Hearing by mail or email, you will need to write a letter that includes the following information:
You must also enclose a copy of your determination letter when filing an appeal by mail or email.
After writing your request letter, you can send it by mail to the following address:
Department of Social Services
Office of Administrative Hearings
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
To email your request letter, use this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also request a Fair Hearing by phone by calling (605) 773-6851. Remember to have all the information you would have written in your request letter on hand and be sure to have your determination letter as well.
Finally, you can appeal your decision by speaking with an employment specialist at your local DSS office here.
For more information about the Fair Hearing process, click here.
If you have questions about LIHEAP benefits in South Dakota or require further assistance, contact your local Department of Social Services office. Find your nearest Department of Social Services (DSS) office and contact information here.
You can also contact the DSS LIHEAP phone line at (605) 773-3766 or (800) 233-8503 toll-free. If you require TTY assistance, call 1 (800) 325-0778.
You can also send the DSS an inquiry through their website here.
While we are not affiliated with the government in any way, our private company engaged writers to research the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and compiled a guide that we believe is simple to use and easy to understand. Our goal is to help you get the benefits that you need by providing detailed information on the process.
Our free LIHEAP Guide is filled with helpful information about how to apply for LIHEAP, program eligibility and how to get in touch with local offices. You can view or download our free guide here.
Last Updated: September 20, 2022