As we all know the times are tough right now. People are still losing their jobs and some have been unemployed and unable to pay there utility bills. That's why a growing number of people are looking for assistance to pay their bills this winter.

The Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) application helps low income people pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants and crisis grants. You don't need to have unpaid utility bills to get fill out a LIHEAP application.

As you know that if you don't pay your utility bills you run the risk of getting injured from a cold winter or hot in the summer and getting severely ill. That is why is recommended you try to apply for assistance with your utility bills, even though you might be embarrassed to.

Of course even if you fill out a LIHEAP application you might not be eligible for the Low income help program. They will determine if you qualify for the program in your community if you meet the criteria that they ask for. Every state and city have different guidelines, there are many things that go into this, so its a good idea to find out how does your city qualify you. For instance, in one city they look at your poverty level compared to the city's. Depending on how many people live there and the combined household income, you can quality for the LIHEAP benefits.

Things You Will Need

Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residence

Recent copies of your utility bills

Proof of total members living in your household (e.g., birth certificates, school records, etc.)

A recent payroll stub or other proof that shows your current gross income

Final Utility Termination Notice (if you've received a shut-off notice from your energy company)

Proof of present address (e.g., rent receipt, lease or deed, property tax bill)

Documentation showing income from Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, Pension Funds, disability, etc

Social Security cards (or numbers) for all persons living in your household

Step 1

Finding the LIHEAP application for your city. U.S Dept. of Health and Human Services

Step 2

You can find out how you can find other ways to get assistance paying your utility bills in the bottom links:

Assistance in Paying Utility Bills

I Need Assistance In Paying My Rent - Where Can I Get Help?

Emergency Aid For Electric Bill - Keep The Utilities On!

You can always just borrow some money from friends or family before filling a LIHEAP application, don't worry they will understand. In these times lots of people are willing to assist you. You never know when you might be in a position to help them to with something other than paying their bills.
Now you know that there are ways to get help from our government after all. And as I linked for other ways that you can get assistance to pay your utility bills.

I hope that one of these might help you get your energy back on. If none of these work, look for churches, they can sometimes help or find others that are willing to help.

Tips & Warnings

You might not always qualify for it, so make sure you try other programs besides just filling out a LIHEAP application.