Your Free Guide to 2023 LIHEAP Benefit Amounts
Your Free Guide to 2023 LIHEAP Benefit Amounts
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Introduction to LIHEAP
In today’s rapidly evolving world, where energy costs continue to rise and economic challenges persist, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) stands as a beacon of hope for countless families across the United States.
LIHEAP is a federally-funded program designed to provide crucial support to qualified low-income households, ensuring they can afford to maintain a comfortable living environment throughout the year.
This guide provides an in-depth understanding of LIHEAP benefits, offering insights into state-specific variations, benefit amounts, calculation methods and more.
Understanding LIHEAP Benefits
At its core, LIHEAP is a lifeline for families struggling to make ends meet while grappling with the challenges of energy expenses. The program’s primary goal is to prevent energy-related crises, promote energy efficiency, and provide vital financial assistance to eligible households.
By offering annual benefits, LIHEAP not only addresses immediate needs but also empowers families to focus on other essential aspects of their lives.
State-Specific Benefit Amounts
One of the facets of LIHEAP is its adaptability to the diverse landscape of states and territories across the nation. Benefit amounts are far from uniform, as they are tailored to account for varying income thresholds, local climate conditions, and the availability of funding.
In the table below, you can find each state’s maximum LIHEAP benefit amounts for 2023.
Note: One asterisk (*) indicates that information was not available.
|Location||Minimum Heating Benefit||Maximum Heating Benefit||Minimum Cooling Benefit||Maximum Cooling Benefit||Emergency/Crisis Benefit Maximum|
|Guam||Information not available||Information not available||Information not available||Information not available||Information not available|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||Information not available||Information not available||Information not available||Information not available||Information not available|
Tribal Benefit Amounts
LIHEAP’s commitment to inclusivity extends to tribal communities, recognizing their distinct needs and circumstances. Tribal LIHEAP benefits are determined through collaboration between tribal governments and the federal LIHEAP program. These benefits are carefully calibrated to reflect the customs, energy costs, and specific challenges faced by each tribal community.
The table below includes information about the maximum LIHEAP benefits in Native American tribes throughout the United States. This information is current as of 2022, which is the most recent data available.
Note: The table only contains information about heating benefits and other in-kind benefits. To find out about cooling benefits and if your tribe offers any, contact your tribal organization.
|State||Tribe||Min. Heating Benefit||Max. Heating Benefit||Other/In-kind Benefits|
|Alabama||Ma-Chris Lower Creek Indian Tribe||$300.00||$600.00||Blankets, electrical space heaters, socks, gloves, beanies, and coats.|
|Alabama||Mowa Band of Choctaw Indians||$100.00||$300.00||N/A|
|Alabama||Poarch Band of Creek Indians||$325.00||$400.00||The Family Services Department makes referrals on behalf of clients to other programs, departments, or different sources to meet the need s of the families. When funding is available, we provide the clients with blankets, space heaters, fans, energy efficient light bulbs, weatherization preparedness items, or other needs that clients may have related to home energy needs.|
|Alabama||United Cherokee Ani’Yun’Wiya Nation||$750.00||$1,250.00||For eligible households the tribe will purchase blankets and/or throws for the elderly, home-bound and disabled. Generators, space heaters or kerosene heaters are purchased as needed, as funds are available.|
|Alaska||Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association||$350.00||$2,450.00||N/A|
|Alaska||Aniak Traditional Council||$846.00||$1,600.00||N/A|
|Alaska||Association of Village Council Presidents||$400.00||$3,000.00||In-kind consists of donated items such as: clothing, cold winter gear, boots, shoes, hats, gloves, bedding, kitchenware, essential food and beverage items from donations provided to families in need.In most crisis situations, (house fires, floods) families, individuals or communities will request donations from our organization and we will host donation drives on their behalf.|
|Alaska||Bristol Bay||$270.00||$4,725.00||In crisis situations BBNA may provide emergency supplies such as blankets, heaters to vulnerable households.|
|Alaska||Chuathbakuk Traditional Council||$612.00||$1,156.00||N/A|
|Alaska||Cook Inlet Tribal Council||$10.00||$2,000.00||CITC will provide a household in addition to their regular heating assistance grant a one time payment for the purchase of blankets or space heaters. This will be based on budget availability.CITC will provide a household in addition to their regular heating assistance grant a one time weatherization kit. This will be based on budget availability.CITC will host an event working with local homeless shelter to support the homeless population by providing homeless care kits|
|Alaska||Kenaitze Indian Tribe||$200.00||$7,000.00||An Energy Assistance application must be submitted and documents requested/required met: services include but not limited to space heaters, blankets, sleeping bags, homeless kit, prevention of shut off, payment of reconnect charge, wood bundles and/or housing not to exceed 7 days or the best temporary option. Determination will be made by the Social Services staff and approved by the supervisor or designee.|
|Alaska||Kodiak Area Native Association||$900.00||$1,500.00||N/A|
|Alaska||Kuskokwim Native Association||$250.00||$1,000.00||We provide window insulation kits if needed.|
|Alaska||Orutsararmiut Native Council||$600.00||$1,500.00||N/A|
|Alaska||Seldovia Village Tribe||$550.00||$800.00||N/A|
|Alaska||Tanana Dena’Nena’Henash||$275.00||$2,385.00||Supplement benefit payment made to household if additional heating assistance funds are available at the end of the season. Supplement benefit payment is calculated as a percentage of what they received in their original benefit payment to the household|
|Alaska||Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority||$400.00||$7,000.00||Heating Assistance reduction used for recoupment of overpayment.|
|Alaska||Yakutat Tlinget Tribe||$180.00||$1,800.00||N/A|
|Arizona||Cocopah Indian Tribe||N/A|
|Arizona||Colorado River Indian Tribes||$425.00||$550.00||N/A|
|Arizona||Gila River Indian Community||$200.00||$230.00||N/A|
|Arizona||Pasqua Yaqui Tribe||$150.00||$600.00||N/A|
|Arizona||Quechan Indian Tribe||$50.00||$250.00||N/A|
|Arizona||Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community||$300.00||$600.00||In-kind: Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community provides blankets and space heaters.|
|Arizona||San Carlos Apache Tribe||$38.00||$284.00||Churches, Agencies, Off reservation organizations donate jackets, socks, sweaters, coats, blankets, mittens and distributed at difference events on the reservation or schools for elders, disabled, children and general population.|
|Arizona||The Navajo Nation||$200.00||$700.00||N/A|
|Arizona||White Mountain Apache Tribe||$50.00||$200.00||This will be our very first year the White Mountain Apache LIHEAP program will be providing heaters. Many homes on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation has very limited heating during the cold winter months.|
|California||Berry Creek Rancheria – Tyme Maidu Tribe||$50.00||$200.00||N/A|
|California||Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians||$171.00||$300.00||N/A|
|California||Bishop Paiute Tribe||$320.00||$350.00||As a back up plan we have blankets and heaters available for applicant in need.|
|California||Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians||$75.00||$150.00||N/A|
|California||Hoopa Valley Tribe||$150.00||$340.00||N/A|
|California||Hopland Band of Pomo Indians||$141.00||$331.00||N/A|
|California||Mooretown Rancheria||$170.00||$300.00||Sometimes supply blankets for elders and families with children.|
|California||Northern California Indian Development Council||$50.00||$700.00||N/A|
|California||Pinoleville Pomo Nation||$500.00||$950.00||The Tribe provides donated items such as: Blankets, Heaters, Jackets and warm clothes to families. These items are listed as in-kind for the Head Start and what is left is donated to the Tribe.|
|California||Quartz Valley Indian Reservation||$100.00||$350.00||N/A|
|California||Redwood Valley Little River Band of Pomo Indians||$100.00||$200.00||N/A|
|California||Redwood Valley Rancheria||$100.00||$200.00||N/A|
|California||Riverside-San Bernardino Indian Co. Health, Inc||$450.00||$800.00||N/A|
|California||Round Valley Indian Tribes||$250.00||$350.00||N/A|
|California||Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians||$50.00||$300.00||N/A|
|California||Southern California Tribal Chairman’s Association||$18.00||$350.00||N/A|
|California||Southern Indian Health Council, Inc.||$50.00||$350.00||N/A|
|Idaho||Coeur d’Alene Tribe||$300.00||$400.00||Non-electrical space heaters|
|Idaho||Nez Perce Tribe||$325.00||$425.00||N/A|
|Idaho||Shoshone Bannock Tribes||$150.00||$900.00||The Consumer Service Program offers blankets to low income clients and elderly whenever requested. Space heaters are available to clients in emergency cases. Also provided are weatherization DIY packages to clients who participate in weatherization classes, blankets, socks, gloves, and other warming items for elders.|
|Kansas||United Tribes of Kansas and SE Nebraska, Inc.||$220.00||$1,050.00||Blankets|
|Maine||Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians||$300.00||$960.00||N/A|
|Maine||Indian Township of Tribal Government||$250.00||$1,300.00||N/A|
|Maine||Penobscot Indian Nation||$300.00||$2,200.00||N/A|
|Maine||Pleasant Point Indian Reservation||$450.00||$1,500.00||N/A|
|Maine||Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy||$450.00||$1,500.00||N/A|
|Maine||Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Reservation Housing Authority||$450.00||$1,500.00||N/A|
|Maine||Pleasant Point Tribal Government||$450.00||$1,500.00||N/A|
|Maine||The Aroostook Band of Micmacs||$540.00||$2,000.00||N/A|
|Massachusetts||Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribal Council||$600.00||$1,500.00||Based on the severity of weather conditions, emergency air conditions/fans, winter space heaters, or blankets to fuel|
|Michigan||Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians||$150.00||$350.00||N/A|
|Michigan||Inter-Tribal Council of MI, Inc.||$270.00||$400.00||N/A|
|Michigan||Intertribal Council of Michigan, Inc.||$270.00||$400.00||N/A|
|Michigan||Keweenaw Bay Indian Community||$450.00||$800.00||N/A|
|Michigan||Little River Band of Ottawa Indians||$325.00||$1,000.00||N/A|
|Michigan||Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians||$250.00||$550.00||Furnace repair|
|Michigan||Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians||$600.00||$800.00||N/A|
|Mississippi||Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians||$50.00||$300.00||Quilts, box fans and air conditioners|
|Montana||Blackfeet Tribal Business Council||$184.00||$2,066.00||N/A|
|Montana||Chippewa Cree Tribe||$311.00||$930.00||N/A|
|Montana||Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes||$850.00||$1,225.00||Space heaters and firewood|
|Montana||Fort Belknap Indian Community||$800.00||$1,400.00||Blankets and space heaters will be made available for use by the consumers when there is extreme cold or during times of power outages|
|Montana||Fort Peck Assinioboine and Sioux Tribes||$324.00||$1,565.00||An eligible household will have the option of using a portion of their allocation ( benefit amount ) for low-cost energy saving measures/devices. For example, a household could purchase a small electric heater or warming device that could be used to warm only the living area of a home, which would reduce energy consumption. Limit is $75.00. Weatherization supplies include plastic, lath, caulk, weather strip duct tape and or/heating devices|
|Montana||Northern Cheyenne Tribe||$600.00||$1,100.00||N/A|
|New Mexico||Five Sandoval||$40.00||$380.00||Portable heaters, blankets and other heating needs|
|New Mexico||Jicarilla Apache Nation||$75.00||$1,050.00||N/A|
|New Mexico||Nambe Pueblo||$175.00||$1,375.00||N/A|
|New Mexico||Pueblo of Jemez||$60.00||$420.00||N/A|
|New Mexico||Pueblo of Laguna Utility Authority||$100.00||$900.00||N/A|
|New Mexico||Pueblo of Zuni||$200.00||$350.00||N/A|
|New York||Seneca Nation of Indians||$140.00||$751.00||N/A|
|New York||St. Regis Mohawk Tribe||$21.00||$741.00||N/A|
|North Carolina||Eastern Band||$500.00||$650.00||N/A|
|North Carolina||Lumbee Nation||$125.00||$525.00||Warming blankets and energy efficient portable heaters|
|North Dakota||Spirit Lake Tribe||$942.00||$2,430.00||Temporary heating devices costing not more than $300|
|North Dakota||Standing Rock Sioux||$495.00||$3,360.00||Space heaters and air conditioners|
|North Dakota||Three Affiliated Tribes||$2,154.00||$4,684.00||Space heaters and blankets|
|North Dakota||Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians||$400.00||$2,200.00||Space heaters|
|Oklahoma||Apache Tribe of Oklahoma||$100.00||$300.00||Electric heaters, fans, and blankets|
|Oklahoma||Cherokee Nation||$150.00||$480.00||Applicants 60 years old or disabled participants can receive blankets|
|Oklahoma||Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes||$1.00||$400.00||If funds are available, the LIHEAP program will provide blankets and space heaters|
|Oklahoma||Chickasaw Nation||$1.00||$400.00||Blankets and/or heaters are provided to the elderly, disabled or household members with infants where the health of a household member would be adversely affected by the termination of its source of heating|
|Oklahoma||Citizen Potawatomi Nation||$100.00||$500.00||Space heaters, blankets and loaner generators|
|Oklahoma||Comanche Nation of Oklahoma||$40.00||$580.00||N/A|
|Oklahoma||Delaware Tribe of Indians||$25.00||$400.00||Benefits may be used to purchase and/or repair heating units.Benefit may also purchase blankets to provide warmth in the heating season|
|Oklahoma||Fort Sill Apache Tribe||$100.00||$200.00||N/A|
|Oklahoma||Kialegee Tribal Town||$135.00||$300.00||Space heaters|
|Oklahoma||Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma||$150.00||$400.00||Space heaters|
|Oklahoma||Kiowa Tribe||$200.00||$380.00||Blankets for tribal elders|
|Oklahoma||Miami Tribe of Oklahoma||$1.00||$400.00||Blankets, caulking, weather stripping, insulation, storm windows, energy saving light bulbs, space heaters, heating equipment and/or systems and repairs. DIY weatherization kits, and other miscellaneous materials including literature regarding energy conservation are provided to applicants that do not have an adequate supply|
|Oklahoma||Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma||$250.00||$400.00||Modoc families with children ages 0-6 can receive a blanket from Title IV-B while funding is available|
|Oklahoma||Muscogee (Creek) Nation||$350.00||$500.00||Space heaters|
|Oklahoma||Osage Nation||$340.00||$620.00||Space heaters, blankets and weatherization materials such as bricks of wood, if it is the only source of heat in home|
|Oklahoma||Otoe – Missouria Tribe of Indians||$50.00||$500.00||N/A|
|Oklahoma||Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma||$300.00||$600.00||Blankets and space heaters|
|Oklahoma||Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma||$200.00||$500.00||Space heaters|
|Oklahoma||Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma||$100.00||$200.00||Space heaters|
|Oklahoma||Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma||$150.00||$750.00||Blankets and/or space heaters|
|Oklahoma||Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma||$200.00||$500.00||Heaters, blankets, fans or air conditioners|
|Oklahoma||Seminole Nation of Oklahoma||$120.00||$500.00||Blankets and small space heaters|
|Oklahoma||Seneca Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma||$1.00||$450.00||Window unit heater or gas/propane heaters in lieu of cash payment to an energy provider|
|Oklahoma||Thlopthlocco Tribal Town||$74.00||$350.00||N/A|
|Oklahoma||Tonkawa Tribe of Oklahoma||$75.00||$150.00||N/A|
|Oklahoma||United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians||$450.00||$550.00||Propane/natural gas wall heaters, wood stoves (if they own their home), electric blankets, and electric heaters|
|Oklahoma||Wichita and Affiliated Tribes||$76.00||$240.00||N/A|
|Oregon||Confederated Tribes of Coos_Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians||$330.00||$850.00||Space heaters and blankets|
|Oregon||Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians||$400.00||$800.00||N/A|
|Oregon||Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon||$340.00||$600.00||N/A|
|Oregon||Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs||$250.00||$550.00||N/A|
|Oregon||Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians||$250.00||$550.00||Blankets and heaters|
|Oregon||Klamath Tribes||$250.00||$550.00||Blankets, space heaters, and other emergency supplies.|
|Rhode Island||Narragansett Indian Tribe||$325.00||$400.00||Space heaters and blankets|
|South Carolina||Catawba Nation||$100.00||$350.00||N/A|
|South Dakota||Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe||$200.00||$475.00||Heaters|
|South Dakota||Lower Brule Sioux Tribe||$240.00||$738.00||N/A|
|South Dakota||Oglala Sioux Tribe||$200.00||$500.00||Space heaters, fans and air conditioners for cooling|
|South Dakota||Rosebud Sioux Tribe||$100.00||$600.00||N/A|
|South Dakota||Yankton Sioux||$500.00||$700.00||N/A|
|Utah||Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah||$243.00||$556.00||Blankets, space heaters and cooling fans|
|Utah||Ute Tribe||$156.00||$1,117.00||Blankets, space heaters, and portable cooling units|
|Washington||Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation||$205.00||$270.00||N/A|
|Washington||Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation||$350.00||$825.00||N/A|
|Washington||Eastern Shoshone Tribe||$240.00||$140.00||Self weatherization kits, blankets and space heaters|
|Washington||Hoh Indian Tribe||$250.00||$400.00||Blankets, space heaters and warm clothing|
|Washington||Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe||$100.00||$1,000.00||Fans, air conditioners, space heaters and blankets, if available|
|Washington||Kalispel Tribe of Indians||$210.00||$570.00||N/A|
|Washington||Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe||$50.00||$700.00||Blankets, space heaters, air conditioners, and other types of items|
|Washington||Lummi Indian Business Council||$350.00||$380.00||N/A|
|Washington||Makah Indian Tribe||$150.00||$700.00||N/A|
|Washington||Muckleshoot Indian Tribe||$70.00||$350.00||N/A|
|Washington||Nooksack Indian Tribe||$350.00||$500.00||N/A|
|Washington||Northern Arapaho Tribe||$113.00||$884.00||N/A|
|Washington||Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe||$1,200.00||$2,100.00||Ecologs|
|Washington||Quileute Indian Tribe||$7.00||$650.00||Blankets and/or space heaters or any other additional weatherization supplies|
|Washington||Quinault Indian Nation||$700.00||$2,700.00||N/A|
|Washington||Samish Indian Nation||$25.00||$1,500.00||Blankets for elderly applicants, applicants with kids or those with disabilities|
|Washington||Small Tribes Organization of Western Washington||$500.00||$830.00||Energy kits and educational materials|
|Washington||South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency||$285.00||$1,000.00||N/A|
|Washington||Spokane Tribe||$200.00||$400.00||Space heaters or blankets|
|Washington||Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port of Madison Reservation||$200.00||$600.00||N/A|
|Washington||Swinomish Indian Tribal Community||$240.00||$1,120.00||For clients who rely on wood heating, the tribe provides cord wood|
|Wyoming||Eastern Shoshone Tribe||$240.00||$1,400.00||Self weatherization kits, blankets and space heaters|
|Wyoming||Northern Arapaho Tribe||$156.00||$940.00||N/A|
Calculating Benefit Amounts
The determination of LIHEAP benefit amounts involves a meticulous assessment of several key factors:
A fundamental criterion for benefit allocation is household income. Generally, households with lower incomes can qualify to receive higher benefit amounts to address their heightened vulnerability to energy cost burdens.
The number of individuals within a household significantly impacts energy consumption. Larger households typically require more energy to sustain comfortable living conditions. As a result, benefit amounts are often adjusted to accommodate larger families.
The climate and energy costs specific to each region influence the program’s determination of appropriate benefit amounts. That’s why, in some states, only one type of benefit is offered. For example, New Hampshire does not offer cooling assistance.
The price of energy can fluctuate widely between states and even within regions. LIHEAP takes these variations into account when establishing benefit levels, ensuring that assistance is sufficient to cover the energy costs incurred by each household.
Additional Perks of LIHEAP
LIHEAP’s impact goes beyond the direct financial support it provides. Several supplementary advantages enhance the program’s effectiveness in supporting low-income households:
Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Many states complement their LIHEAP offerings with energy efficiency programs. These initiatives aim to enhance homes’ energy efficiency by providing cost-effective upgrades.
These upgrades can include improved insulation, updated heating systems, and energy-efficient appliances. By reducing energy consumption, these measures further alleviate the financial burden on low-income households.
LIHEAP acts as a safeguard against energy-related emergencies. In situations where a household faces the imminent threat of an energy supply shut-off, the program provides crisis assistance. This vital support prevents families from enduring extreme temperatures without heating or cooling.
Weatherization programs are a key component of LIHEAP’s commitment to long-term energy conservation. These services focus on optimizing homes for energy efficiency, thereby reducing overall energy consumption. Through weatherization, households benefit from lowered energy bills while contributing to environmental sustainability.
Education and Outreach
LIHEAP recognizes the importance of education in empowering households to make informed energy-related decisions. Collaborating with local organizations, the program conducts educational outreach to inform recipients about energy conservation practices, available resources, and strategies for maximizing the benefits of the program.
Applying for LIHEAP Benefits
Applying for LIHEAP benefits involves a straightforward process that ensures eligible households can access the assistance they need:
Before initiating the application process, it’s important to determine if your household meets the eligibility criteria established by your state’s LIHEAP program. These criteria typically consider factors such as income, household size, and citizenship status.
To support your application, gather essential documents such as proof of income, utility bills, identification, and any other documents required by your state’s LIHEAP office.
Obtain the LIHEAP application form from your state or tribal LIHEAP office. Fill out the form accurately and comprehensively, providing all necessary information to facilitate the review process.
Submit your completed application according to the instructions provided by your state’s LIHEAP program. Depending on your preference and the program’s guidelines, you may be able to submit your application online, in person, or by mail.
Once your application is received, it will undergo a thorough review process to determine your eligibility and calculate your benefit amount. Once approved, you will receive notification of your benefit amount and any additional services you qualify for.
By tailoring benefit amounts to reflect state-specific variations, collaborating with tribal communities, and offering supplementary advantages, LIHEAP embodies adaptability and inclusivity.
As you explore the program and consider its potential impact on your household, remember that LIHEAP extends beyond financial assistance. It serves as a catalyst for energy conservation, financial stability, and improved living conditions for countless families across the United States.