Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides help with energy needs including heating and cooling assistance, energy crisis intervention, low-cost residential weatherization and other energy-related home repairs.

Who Qualifies?

  • Households that meet income guidelines
  • Only US Citizens or lawfully present immigrants are eligible

Income and Resource Limits

Resources are not counted.  Income must be within the limits listed below.

How to Apply

Contact the Community Action Program that serves the applicant’s city or town.

Other Energy Assistance Programs

  • Keep the Heat on: The Archdiocese of Providence sponsors the “Keep the Heat On” Challenge, which helps heat the homes of those who have exhausted all other public and private resources and with no place left to turn for assistance with their heating bills. Applicants can call 401-421-7833 x 207 for emergency assistance.
  • JOE-4-OIL: The Citizens Energy Oil Heat Program provides struggling families with free heating oil. Check the website to see whether funds are available.
  • Restart Energy Assistance Program (REAP): REAP is a program that will help Rhode Islanders transitioning from homelessness into housing outside of the heating season (April 15 through September 30). When an individual or family transitioning from homelessness receives a housing subsidy through the Coordinated Entry System, he/she is directed by a caseworker at a Rhode Island homeless service provider to go to the CAP agency in the community they plan to reside. An Individual/family in this transition period can seek LIHEAP certification in order to enter into an Arrearage Management Plan (AMP) or, if not eligible for an AMP, another payment plan with National Grid, demonstrating that they are able to have the utilities turned on in a rental unit. Contact the Community Action Program that serves the applicant’s city or town.

LIHEAP Income Guidelines

(FY2021 – September 2020- March 2021)

Household Size Annual Income Limit
1 $32,265
2 $42,193
3 $52,120
4 $62,048
5 $71,976
6 $81,903
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