What is LIHEAP?
LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps low income households pay their heating/cooling bills, minimize crises, and make energy costs more affordable through weatherization assistance (insulation installation, window shading, HVAC service, etc.). Eligible households may receive up to $1,200 once per year. Additionally, applicants may receive up to $1,000 in supplemental benefits in applicable crisis situations.
To qualify for LIHEAP, the applicant must have an income that falls within the program guidelines. Priority for service assistance is determined based on vulnerable household members. Higher priority may be granted if someone in the home is a senior citizen (60 years of age & older), a person with a disability, a veteran, or a child under six years old. For more information, please visit des.az.gov/LIHEAP.
LIHEAP for Tribal Members
Several tribal nations receive funding to administer their own utility assistance programs. However, when their funding runs out, as it has for the Navajo Nation, assistance becomes available to tribal members through the State of Arizona.
In these situations, tribal members who have received assistance through their tribe’s program in the last 12 months will not be eligible to receive State LIHEAP benefits, regardless of the amount they initially received. However, if they have not yet received the supplemental benefits for applicable crisis situations, they may be eligible for the additional assistance.
DES has shared information with the Navajo Nation to encourage more members to apply for assistance through Arizona as the summer continues. And as temperatures begin to drop later in the year, State LIHEAP will be available to eligible households who haven’t yet received assistance to help keep them warm.