Low Income Home Energy Assistance

The purpose of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is to assist eligible low-income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes that pay a high proportion of household income for home energy, in meeting their immediate home energy needs.

Eligibility

A household’s total gross annual income must not exceed 125% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.

Goals

  1. To assist with a one time yearly payment to help offset the high cost of heating.
  2. To assist with a one time yearly payment to help offset the high cost of cooling.

Explanation of Services

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is administered by the Tennessee Department of Human Services and funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

A one-time payment for heating is made for eligible households. For home delivered fuel, a voucher is sent to the vendors authorizing delivery of fuel. For electric and natural gas, a payment is made directly to the utility companies. A one-time payment for cooling is made for eligible households. Payments are sent directly to the utility companies.

Number of Persons Served

There are approximately 4,000 families assisted yearly.

Source of Funding

Federal funds are made available through the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

Counties Served

Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan, Scott and Union counties.

For More Information Please Contact: Kathy Hicks at (865) 691-2551 Ext. 4227 or by E-mail at KHicks@ethra.org.

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