Maine has recently received an additional $226,115 in federal funding to bolster its Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, commonly known as LIHEAP (or just HEAP, in Maine). This program is financed by the U.S. government but is administered at the state level, with residents accessing it through their local Community Action Agency.
The news of this additional funding was announced by U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a Republican representing Maine, following the approval of the latest round of funding by the Department of Health and Human Services last week. Eligibility for LIHEAP is determined based on income, family size, and the availability of funds.
How to Apply for LIHEAP in Maine – Get the Cash to Pay Your Bills on Time
In the state of Main, the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) provides assistance to eligible homeowners and renters to cover their heating expenses. This program offers support for fuel costs and emergency fuel deliveries. If you meet the eligibility criteria for HEAP, you may also qualify for assistance with energy-related repairs.
It is highly recommended that households apply for HEAP at their earliest convenience because the program runs on a first-come, first-serve basis, until the resources run out. The application process consists of both submitting an application and participating in an interview.
The maximum allowable household income depends on the household’s size. If your household has more than 10 people, please get in touch with your local Community Action Agency (CAA) for eligibility criteria. Additional program rules and prerequisites may be applicable, and your CAA will furnish you with comprehensive information. If you’re making court-ordered child support payments, it might be possible to subtract these amounts from your household’s income. Additionally, if your household income exceeds the HEAP income thresholds, you may be eligible to deduct a portion of your medical expenses.
Although the program began receiving applications for aid during the hot summer last year, in July 2023, the newly announced extra funds will continue to provide assistance to families in need during the cold winter that is coming.
Next you’ll find the list of all the HEAP agencies in Maine, where you can start your person-to-person application:
Aroostook County Action Program External Link
P.O. Box 1116
771 Main Street
Presque Isle, ME 04769
Phone: (207) 764-3721
Community Concepts Inc External Link
240 Bates Street
Lewiston, ME 04240
Phone: (207) 795-4065
Downeast Community Partners External Link
240 Bucksport Road
Ellsworth, ME 04605
Phone: (207) 664-2424
Kennebec Valley Community Action Program External Link
101 Water Street
Waterville, ME 04901
Phone: (207) 859-1500
Midcoast Maine Community Action External Link
34 Wing Farm Parkway
Bath, ME 04530
Phone: (207) 553-5900
Penquis Community Action Program External Link
P.O. Box 1162
262 Harlow Street
Bangor, ME 04402
Phone: (207) 973-3500
Waldo Community Action Partners External Link
P.O. Box 130
9 Field Street
Belfast, ME 04915
Phone: (207) 338-3025
Western Maine Community Action External Link
P.O. Box 200
20A Church Street
East Wilton, ME 04234
Phone: (207) 645-3764
York County Community Action Corp External Link
6 Spruce Street
Sanford, ME 04073
Phone: (207) 324-5762