What is LIHEAP?

Learn more about the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) describes the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) as a program that “helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs. LIHEAP provide federally funded assistance in managing costs associated with:

  • Home energy bills
  • Energy crises
  • Weatherization and energy-related minor home repairs

LIHEAP can help you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer through programs that reduce the risk of health and safety problems that arise from unsafe heating and cooling practices."

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Understanding the Impact of LIHEAP

LIHEAP is one of the most critical components of the social safety net. The program provides heating and cooling assistance to roughly 6.7 million households. It is an exceptionally efficient and targeted program, with state block grants flowing to local agencies with specific clients on a short-term basis to prevent utility shutoffs or assistance with heating and cooling bills.

Read the 2022 White paper