We believe everyone should have a safe, warm place to call home and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps make that possible for those in our community in need.
Thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, New Hampshire residents who are elderly, disabled and low-income are provided financial assistance needed to pay for vital heating and utility expenses through the colder months. LIHEAP also offers case management to develop a plan to achieve increased financial self-sufficiency to avoid energy-related emergencies such as running out of heating fuel.
The Fuel Assistance Program provides grant benefits from $158 to $1575 for heating purposes that do not have to be repaid to eligible homeowners and renters for the winter season as follows:
- If your heat is electric or natural gas, bills from November 1st can be paid until your benefit amount is used up or the program year ends.
- If your heat is from deliverable fuels, oil, kerosene, propane, wood or coal, deliveries made from October 1st – April 30th can be paid until your benefit amount is used up or the program year ends.
- If your heat is included in your rent and is NOT subsidized, assistance will be provided in the form of heating vouchers issued in amounts of up to $315 each month until your benefit amount is used up or the program year ends.
*If your heat is included in your rent and IS subsidized, you will not qualify for Fuel Assistance but you may qualify for Electric Assistance.
Fuel Assistance Program pre-applications are available to priority families, elderly, disabled and families with young children under 6 after July 1st. All others can pre-apply after September 1st.
Additional Assistance through Weatherization
All Fuel Assistance applicants will be asked if you want to participate in our Weatherization Program. This is an opportunity to have your home or apartment inspected by our trained Energy Auditors to determine if your home can be made more efficient to lower your energy bills.
If your living space is drafty, in need of more insulation or has unsafe heating appliances, we will have the work done to make your home or apartment warmer, more comfortable and safer at no cost to you. If you are a renter, we will need permission from the landlord.
Weatherization is an excellent opportunity to have some important improvements done to your house or apartment at no charge. Learn more about our Weatherization Program.