The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as the LIHEAP program, helps low-income families cope with the high costs of electricity bills during the months of extreme heat, or those of excessive cold. During the summer, the LIHEAP program works in Arizona so that eligible households can be protected from the danger of suffering from heat stroke or other health issues due to high temperatures.
In order to qualify for LIHEAP, applicants must meet specific income criteria outlined by the program. Priority for receiving assistance is determined by the vulnerability of household members. Those who fall into certain categories are given higher priority. These categories include senior citizens aged 60 and older, individuals with disabilities, veterans, or children under the age of six. It’s important to note that individuals with a utility bill credit of $500 or more will not be eligible for benefits.
Households should not exceed this income limit if they want to apply for LIHEAP help
Before you continue reading, you have to be aware that completing all the requirements and qualifying for LIHEAP assistance does not guarantee that you will be given the money. That’s because this program operates on a first-come, first-served basis and eligibility for LIHEAP benefits is limited to once within a 12-month period for Regular LIHEAP benefits and once within a 12-month period for Crisis LIHEAP benefits.
Having said that, we return to the maximum income limits that a household must have (monthly) in order to qualify for LIHEAP aid in Arizona. The list is as follows, according to the size of the household:
- 1 person: $2,238
- 2 people: $2,926
- 3 people: $3,615
- 4 people: $4,303
- 5 people: $4,992
- 6 people: $5,681
- 7 people: $5,810
- 8 people: $5,939
- 9 people: $6,418
- 10 people: $7,008
- 11 people: $7,598
- 12 people: $8,188
- 13 people: $8,778
- 14 people: $9,368
- 15 people: $9,958
- 16 people: $10,548
- 17 people: $11,138
- Each additional member: +590 per person
How to apply for LIHEAP assistance in Arizona in 2023
Those who want to apply for the LIHEAP assistance, can use the user-friendly official online portal, here. If you can’t do it that way, you’ve got the phone option: just dial at 1-866 494-1981. If you feel more comfortable with the old, reliable paper, you can visit your local office of the Arizona Department of Economic Security and ask for a printed version of the application form. Find the closest one here.
If you are a member of the Navajo Nation, its own Navajo Nation Department for Family Services announced on June 12, 2023, that applications for its 2023 low-income energy assistance program are no longed being accepted. Even though, you can apply for the DES LIHEAP.