Low-income people who need help paying home heating bills can now apply for the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
LIHEAP pays for part of the heating costs of qualifying households, as well as furnace repairs and weatherization services.
To qualify, people must meet program income and asset limits. This ensures that help goes to those most in need. To qualify, a household can earn up to 60 percent of the state median income, which for a family of three equals about $39,461 per year. Nearly two-thirds of the participating households include people who are elderly, have disabilities, or include children age 5 and younger.
People can apply at their local county social service office. The application is also available online (pdf) and should be completed and returned to county social services.
Individual tribal LIHEAP programs serve tribal members living on reservations in the state. Contact your tribal office for more information.
Last year, the state LIHEAP program paid an average of $873 in heating energy costs for more than 13,700 North Dakota households. The program pays fuel vendors, such as utility and fuel oil companies, directly.
The adjusted gross income of all members of an eligible household cannot exceed the following:
- Household Size = 1 – Income $24,428
- Household Size = 2 – Income $31,944
- Household Size = 3 – Income $39,461
- Household Size = 4 – Income $46,977
- Household Size = 5 – Income $54,493
- Household Size = 6 – Income $62,010
- Household Size = 7 – Income $63,419
- Household Size = 8 – Income $64,828
- Household Size = 9 – Income $66,238
- Household Size = 10 – Income $67,647
- Household Size = 11 – Income $69,056
- Household Size = 12 – Income $70,466
Contact your county social service office to determine whether you qualify.