Apply for Energy Assistance

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Overview

We have two federally funded energy assistance programs for households in need. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) supports the County's vision of safety, health, and self-reliance for residents. The Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP) for the Elderly focuses on residents age 60 older. Assistance is provided for as long as program funds are available.

Eligibility

Eligibility for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Households must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or an alien resident who is eligible for federal benefits
  • Be a resident of Hillsborough County
  • Have a household gross income of no more than 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Must have a recent past-due or final-notice energy bill
  • Be responsible for paying their home energy bills
  • Additional qualifications may be necessary to determine eligibility
    • Applicants will be informed at the time of application
  • Download the complete LIHEAP checklist

Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program for the Elderly (EHEAP)

Households must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or an alien resident who is eligible for federal benefits
  • Be a resident of Hillsborough County
  • At least one household member must be age 60 or older
  • Have a household gross income of no more than 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Be responsible for paying their home energy bills
  • Must have a recent past-due or final-notice energy bill
  • Additional qualifications may be necessary to determine eligibility
    • Applicants will be informed at the time of application
  • Download the complete EHEAP checklist

How To

  1. If you think you qualify for assistance, contact your local Community Resource Center to schedule an appointment
  2. Complete an application at a local Community Resource Center
    • When applying for assistance, bring all necessary documentation to expedite your eligibility determination:
      • Social Security number verification for each household member
      • Two items showing verification of Hillsborough County residency:
        • Valid driver's license with current address
        • Letter or current lease from your landlord or mortgage company
        • Hillsborough County voter registration card
        • Public utility bill with Hillsborough County address
        • Vehicle registration with a Hillsborough County address
        • Current public school enrollment in Hillsborough County
      • Picture identification for all adults in the household
      • Verification of gross income for all household members for the last 30 days, such as: paycheck stub, employer letter, award letter for public assistance, Social Security income verification, unemployment benefits letter, or pension check stub
      • Verification of home energy obligation
  3. Additional requirements may be necessary for eligibility determination depending on each household situation

Get Help

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(813) 671-7647