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Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
October 1, 2009 - May 31, 2010

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps people with lower incomes to pay their heating/energy bills during the fall, winter and spring months. County social service offices around the state take applications for the program and decide how much help each household can get to pay their heating bills. 


  1. What is the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)?
  2. Who can get help from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program?
  3. Will there be any cost to me for this program?
  4. How does the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program work?
  5. How much will the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program pay?
  6. How do I get an application for Energy Assistance?
  7. What is the application like?
  8. What else do I have to provide to apply for LIHEAP?
  9. Can I apply for LIHEAP if I am behind on my heat payments or my heat has already been shut off?
  10. Do I have to go in person to apply?
  11. How soon will I be able to get on the program?
  12. Once I have applied for LIHEAP, can I stop paying my heating bill?
  13. Is there a waiting list for LIHEAP?
  14. What do I have to do to stay on the program?
  15. To get help from LIHEAP, does it matter how long I have lived in North Dakota?
  16. Are there any asset limits for the LIHEAP?
  17. What is the Weatherization Assistance Program?

1. What is the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)?
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps people with lower incomes to pay their heating/energy bills during the fall, winter and spring months. County social service offices around the state take applications for the program and decide how much help each household can get to pay their heating bills.  The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is administered by the North Dakota Department of Human Services.

2. Who can get help from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program?
LIHEAP is available to many households with lower incomes, including homeowners and renters. Renters can get help if they pay for their heat separate from their rent, or if their heat is included in their rent. Your household’s income has to be below the limits for the current heating season to get help.

3. Will there be any cost to me for this program?
There is no cost to apply, but you will have to pay a percentage of your fuel costs based on your income

4. How does the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program work?
When you get accepted for LIHEAP, you will get a letter that says what percentage of your heating bill you will be required to pay.

5. How much will the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program pay?
It depends on how many people live in your household, their income, the type of fuel you use, and the size and type of dwelling you live in.  Those families with the lowest incomes and the highest cost for energy will get the most help paying their bills.

6. How do I get an application for Energy Assistance?
The application is called the Application for Heating Assistance. You can get an application by clicking on the name in the previous sentence, picking one up from your county social service office or by having it mailed to you.  Applications are received from October 1 through May 31 of each heating season.

7. What is the application like?
The application is 6 pages long. It asks about who lives with you, your sources of income, and who provides your heat and electricity. You can fill out the application yourself or you can get help from your county social service office. When it is complete, turn it in to your county social service office.

8. What else do I have to provide to apply for LIHEAP?
For all the adults who live in your home, you will have to provide proof of all income for the past two months  and the anticipated income for the next month (such as copies of check stubs, your 1040 federal tax form, or proof of other income including Social Security, unemployment insurance, pension funds, disability payments, etc.). You will also have to send a copy of your most recent heating bill. Be sure to sign and date your application and include all the required information or your application will not be accepted.

9. Can I apply for LIHEAP if I am behind on my heat payments or my heat has already been shut off?
Yes. If you are behind on your payments or have already had your heat shut off, be sure to tell your LIHEAP agency when you apply.

10. Do I have to go in person to apply?
No. There is no interview required for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, but you can go to your county social service office in person if you need help filling out the application.

11. How soon will I be able to get on the program?
It depends how soon your LIHEAP agency can process your application. It usually takes 1-2 months.

12. Once I have applied for LIHEAP, can I stop paying my heating bill?
No. You have to keep paying your heating bill. If it is too much for you to pay, call your heating company and arrange a payment plan that you can pay. Otherwise you may have your heat turned off.  Even after you get help from LIHEAP, you still have to pay your part of the heating bill. LIHEAP only pays part of your bill.

13. Is there a waiting list for LIHEAP?
No. But it takes time for your application to be processed. That can take 1 to 2 months.

14. What do I have to do to stay on the program?
Nothing. Once you have been accepted for LIHEAP, you will get help for the remainder of the season unless your circumstances change.   In the fall, you will have to reapply again if you want to get help from LIHEAP.

15. To get help from LIHEAP, does it matter how long I have lived in North Dakota?
No.

16. Are there any asset limits for the LIHEAP?
Yes.  The asset limit is $10,000 per household and another $5,000 for each household member age 60 and above.

17. What is the Weatherization Assistance Program?
Weatherization Assistance is a program that pays for improvements to your home that keep more heat in. By making these improvements (such as adding attic insulation, caulking or weather stripping), it will cost less to heat your home. Everyone who is approved for LIHEAP will automatically be referred for Weatherization Assistance.