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 (see below)
  • Must be a citizen or lawfully present immigrant. ‘Mixed status households’ (e.g., parent is undocumented and children are citizens/lawful immigrants) may be eligible. Family income is measured against the household size of the eligible members.

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.
  • 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.
  • Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund. The program helps those who are not eligible for LIHEAP and is focused on families who are faced with a crisis or emergency. Grants can be paid out for heating bills, oil, or another fuel source. 401-490-0240

  • JOE-4-OIL program. Citgo Petroleum as well as Citizens Energy Oil Heat Program work together to provide struggling families with financial assistance in the form of oil and fuel. Qualified families can usually receive up to 100 gallons during the winter. Dial 1-877-563-4645,

LIHEAP Income Guidelines

(FY2022 – September 2021- March 2022)

Household Size Annual Income Limit
1 $33,645
2 $43,997
3 $54,350
4 $64,702
5 $75,054
6 $85,407