Low-Income Energy Assistance
On Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 1:30 PM, a Public Hearing will be held via a webinar only (no in-person hearing) for the purpose of receiving comments on the draft Department of Public Health and Human Services '2021 LIEAP State Plan' application. The link to the webinar is: https://mt-gov.zoom.us/j/93838344364?pwd=encwUnFsZXFnUmxQanpORktRVXJZQT09#success. Draft copies of the proposed application is available at the Department of Public Health and Human Services, Intergovernmental Human Services Bureau, 1400 Carter Drive, P.O. Box 202956, Helena, MT 59620-2956 or by calling 1-833-317-1080 starting Monday, July 27, 2020. (Posted July 20, 2020)
Was your household income affected by COVID-19?
If you have not received a 2019-2020 LIEAP benefit and have lost household employment due to COVID-19, there is assistance available to help pay your energy bill. Beginning May 15th, you may apply for an Emergency COVID-19 benefit. Income from the month preceding your application date will be annualized to determine eligibility. If determined eligible a $200 benefit will be paid directly to your fuel vendor.
Apply through the Low-Income Energy Assistance program by contacting your local LIEAP eligibility office or apply by completing and downloading the COVID-19 Emergency Energy Assistance Program Application.
This is a one-time emergency benefit to assist participants through these tough times created by COVID-19.
You may apply for assistance at any time during the year by contacting the energy assistance LIEAP eligibility office or tribal LIHEAP office serving your community. Click on "LIEAP eligibility office" to access phone numbers.
If you cannot reach your local LIEAP eligibility office, call Montana's toll-free LIEAP number at 1-833-317-1080.
The State of Montana, through the Department of Public Health and Human Services, offers two programs aimed at helping low-income individuals reduce their heating costs.
The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) pays part of winter energy bills for eligible people. Most utilities offer LIEAP recipients discounts on their bills. The Weatherization Program helps participants to improve the heating efficiency of their homes and thus reduce their energy consumption. In certain circumstances, there is assistance available to help with furnace emergencies.
When & Where to Apply
The Low-Income Energy Assistance (LIEAP) application is available during the heating season, which is October 1 through April 30 of each year, by contacting local LIEAP eligibility office or tribal LIHEAP office serving your community.
You may apply for weatherization assistance at any time during the year by contacting the energy assistance LIEAP eligibility office or tribal LIHEAP office serving your community.
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Who Is Eligible
Eligibility for weatherization and fuel (energy) assistance is based on your income and resource limits. Both homeowners and renters may apply for these programs.
If your household receives benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program, you may qualify automatically for weatherization or fuel assistance.