The Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program (EHEAP) assists low-income households, with at least one person age 60 and older, when the households are experiencing a home energy emergency.
A home energy emergency may result from a delinquent utility bill, lack of fuel or wood, or the receipt of a shut off notice. Payments are for home heating or cooling and other emergency energy-related costs during the heating (October-March) and cooling (April-September) seasons. Eligible households may be provided one benefit per season, up to $1,000 per season. Payments are made directly to the vendor or by a two-party check to the vendor and client for electricity, natural gas, propane, fuel oil, kerosene, or wood.
Program beneficiaries may receive vouchers to purchase blankets, portable heaters, and fans. The program can also help pay for repairs to existing heating or cooling equipment or for re-connection fees. Additional funds with increased benefits may be issued by the President of the United States during seasonal emergencies.
To be eligible for assistance, households must have:
- A documented heating or cooling emergency,
- At least one individual age 60 or older in the home, and
- A gross household annual income equal to or less than 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.
Contact your local Aging and Disability Resource Center or call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337) for more information on additional eligibility requirements. You can also contact the local Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program for the Elderly providers. Click here for a list of EHEAP providers by Planning and Service Area.