Energy Assistance for Renters
The Weatherization Assistance Program is designed to help low-income households in lowering their fuel costs through increased energy efficiency. Households that include young children, elderly or disabled members are given priority for service. Weatherization assistance will reduce heat loss and energy costs by improving efficiency. Weatherization funds can be used to provide weather stripping, caulking, and adding of insulation to attics, walls and floors.
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. LIHEAP is a one-time assistance offered to help defray heating and cooling expenses, as long as funding is available.
The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is a federally funded grant program created by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Public Law No: 116-260) and the American Rescue Plan of 2021. THDA received over $25 million to administer the program across the state. In Tennessee, the LIHWAP is administered through a network of 19 local agencies that reach all 95 counties. The purpose of the LIHWAP funds is to restore or prevent disconnections of water services to eligible households, by providing funds directly to the utility company, operators of public water systems, or treatment works, to bring the household’s account current and help reduce the water and wastewater burden by assisting with current bills.