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Low income energy assistance in California- How to apply

There is a low income home energy assistance program in California that you might qualify for.

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This grant could provide the financial relief you need.


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Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is available in California. It could be a good place to look if you’re in need of financial assistance. This program is administered by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services. It is designed to help low income households pay for heating and cooling costs. It could also help to make their homes more weatherized and energy efficient. Additional information is available here.

There are two primary components that help to make this possible.

The first part is the Weatherization Program. The services range from attic insulation and weather stripping to minor repairs for accessibility purposes.

The second part is the Energy Crisis Intervention Program. This piece helps households pay for “weather-related or energy-related emergencies.”

Eligible California residents could also get a one time financial assistance payment. This can be used to pay the household utility bill. California also offers educational resources about energy efficiency practices and energy budget counseling to the recipients.


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Who is eligible?

Eligibility for LIHEAP is based on household income.

The California Department of Community Services and Development suggests contacting your local energy agency to ensure there are no other requirements. You can check yourself by using the Am I eligible? tool on their website.

How do I apply?

If you think you qualify, find the local office that is managing the program in your area. From there, you’ll need to call the office for application information. California also has a toll fee assistance hotline: (866) 675-6623.


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