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Learn more about the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
To request an application by mail, call 855-373-4636Apply online
Hot-weather air conditioning and cold-weather heating have blended together this fall, pushing utility bills higher than usual. But there is help available for both heating and cooling bills through LIHEAP (the Low Income Home Energy Assistance program).
Help with electric bills for air conditioning is available now through Oct. 31. This is an extension of the LIHEAP Summer Cooling Program.
Because of COVID-19, the maximum summer benefit residents can receive was increased to $600 (up from $300) and the income eligibility is higher (150% of the federal poverty level, up from 135%). This means that families with students who qualify for free and reduced lunches through school most likely quality for this assistance also.
Residents who are elderly or disabled can apply starting Oct. 1 for help with heating bills (from any source: gas, electric, propane, or oil). The program opens on Nov. 1 for everyone. Applications will be accepted through March 30, 2021. The income limit is 135% of the federal poverty level.
If you qualify, you will receive an eligibility letter from the Missouri Family Support Division (which contracts with CAASTLC to help St. Louis County residents and the Urban League to help residents of St. Louis City and Wellston—so the letter could come from those organizations).
The amount of help you receive is based on the size of your household, the type of heating fuel, and your income.