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The Free Furnace Program - (Specific State Agency Information)

By Edited Nov 13, 2016 0 0

For those that live in cold winter climates and need it, often want to know about the free furnace program (typically administered at the local state and county level).

 And let’s get real here; cold temperatures can be dangerous and even deadly for children, the elderly and not to mention pets. Hypothermia and frost bite is more likely to happen to kids, older people and animals, which is why it’s important to make sure that all of your heating units, windows, etc. are in good working order, so that when the even colder winter months arise, your family will have that peace of mind.

But what happens when the furnace goes out today or it appears that your heating system isn’t working right. If you can’t afford to fix it, who do you call?

Well luckily there are places in your very own state (or local agency) that can help you. As you may or may not know most places in the US, managed by state and local municipalities, have weatherization assistance programs. And you might be interested to know that you can get more than a free furnace if you need it. These LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) can also help you repair or replace broken windows, pay heating and cooling bills or protect you from getting your gas or electric from being turned off.

Where does the state and federal government get these furnaces to provide for free? Well many of these heating resources are provided by your local utility company. Most local utility companies operate what are called “utility funds” and so when the time comes, these companies are able to provide free furnaces in the winter and air conditioning units in the summer.

What Typically Are the Requirements for the Free Furnace Program?

Typically you do need to have income within a certain range of the poverty level, which is typically the case for seniors, others on Medicaid, Social Security or Food Stamps.

Scroll down to your state and give the agency a call to inquire about any Free Furnace Programs.

Updated as of 10/9/12

Alabama
Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs
 1-800-392-8098

Alaska
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
 1-800-470-3058

Arizona
Arizona Department of Economic Security
 1-800-582-5706

Arkansas
Department of Human Services
  800-482-8988 

California
Department of Community Services and Development
 1-866-675-6623

Colorado
Energy Assistance Division
 1-866-432-8435 or 303-861-0269

Connecticut
Department of Social Services
 1-800-842-1132

Delaware
Department of Health and Social Services
 1-800-464-HELP (4357)

District Of Columbia
Energy Affordability Division
 202-673-6750 (to apply) or 6700 (for information)

Florida
Office of Housing and Community Development
 850-717-8450

 Georgia

Georgia Department of Human Services
 1-800-869-1150

Hawaii
Benefit, Employment, and Support Services Division
 1-808-586-5740

Idaho
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
 2-1-1 (Idaho Careline)

Illinois
Office of Energy Assistance
 1-877-411-WARM (9276)

Indiana

Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority
 1-800-872-0371

Iowa
Department of Human Rights
 515-281-3861

Kansas
Kansas Social & Rehabilitation Services
 1-800-432-0043

Kentucky
Division of Family Support
 1-800-456-3452

Louisiana
Louisiana Housing Corporation
 1-888-454-2001

Maine
Maine State Housing Authority
 1-800-452-4668

Maryland
Department of Human Resources
 1-800-352-1446

Massachusetts
Department of Housing and Community Development
 1-800-632-8175

Michigan
LIHEAP/SER and Medicaid Policies
 1-800-292-5650

Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Commerce
 1-800-657-3710

Mississippi
Mississippi Dept. of Human Services
  1-800-421-0762

Missouri
Department of Social Services
TEL (573) 751-6789
FAX (573) 526-5592

Montana
Department of Public Health
 1-800-332-2272

Nebraska
Department of Health and Human Services
 (402) 471-3121

Nevada
Division of Welfare & Supportive Services
LAS VEGAS AREA (702) 486-1404
RENO/CARSON CITY (775) 684-0730

New Hampshire
Office of Energy & Planning
TEL (603) 271-2155
FAX (603) 271-2615

New Jersey

Office of Low-Income Energy Conservation
 1-800-510-3102

New Mexico
Income Support Division/Human Services Department
 1800-283-4465

New York
New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
 1-800-342-3009

North Carolina
Economic and Family Services Section
 1-800-662-7030 (CARE LINE)

  North Dakota

Department of Human Services
  1-800-755-2716

Ohio
Ohio Department of Development
 1-800-282-0880 (TDD 1-800-686-1557)

Oklahoma
Oklahoma Department of Human Services
 1-866-411-1877 or 405-521-4089

Pennsylvania
Office of Income Maintenance
Department of Public Welfare
 1-866-857-7095

Rhode Island
  (401) 574-9100

South Carolina
TEL (803) 734-0662
FAX (803) 734-0356

South Dakota
Office of Energy Assistance
 1-800-233-8503

 Tennessee
Department of Human Services
 (615) 313-4766

Texas
Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs
 1-877-399-8939
LITE-UP TEXAS 1-866-454-8387
PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION COMPLAINTS 1-888-782-8477
 

Utah
Utah Department of Community & Culture
 1-877-488-3233

Vermont
Office of Home Heating Fuel Assistance
 1-800-479-6151 or 1-802-828-6896

Virginia
Virginia Department of Social Services
  1-800-230-6977

Washington
Department of Commerce
TEL (360) 725-2866
FAX (360) 586-0489

West Virginia
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
  1-800-642-8589

Wisconsin
  1-866-432-8947

Wyoming
Department of Family Services
 1-800-246-4221

Puerto Rico
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
TEL (787) 289-7600 Ext. 2500
FAX (787) 289-7608

Virgin Islands
Department of Human Services
TEL (340) 774-1166 or 0930, ext. 4103
FAX (340) 774-3466

American Samoa
Territorial Energy Office
TEL (684) 699-1101 or 1102
FAX (684) 699-3518

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
TEL (670) 664-2574
FAX (670) 664-2570

Guam
Bureau of Social Services Administration
TEL (671) 475-2653/2672
FAX (671) 734-5910

 There you have it all the state and US terratories responsible for a free furnace program. If you aren't able to get a completely new furance a repair option may be a viable alternative should you meet state or local income requirements.

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