Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

What is LIHEAP?

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded grant program created by the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1981. The program aims to assist low income households, primarily those who pay a high proportion of household income on home energy, in meeting their immediate energy needs. In Tennessee LIHEAP is administered through a network of 19 local agencies that reach all 95 counties.

Application Process

Applicants must meet income eligibility. Income eligible households are those at or below 150% of the U.S. Poverty Guidelines. Application, along with all necessary verifications, must be submitted through the designated LIHEAP agency in the applicant's county of residence. LIHEAP is a one-time assistance offered to help defray heating and cooling expenses, as long as funding is available.

For more information or further assistance with the application process, please contact your local LIHEAP agency. Click here for a list of agencies and counties they serve.

LIHEAP assistance does not go directly to the client or applicant; rather direct payments are made through the LIHEAP agency to the local utility company or energy supplier.

For home energy-saving tips, please visit the Tennessee Regulatory Authority's website or the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Saver website.