Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

If you're having trouble paying your utility bill, you could qualify for assistance.

The 2023 LIHEAP application period will open in late 2022.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a Federally funded program that provides financial assistance to approximately 182,000 Oklahoma low-income households each year to help them meet the costs of home energy.

All LIHEAP assistances are subject to available funding by the Federal government.

Am I Eligible for Payment Assistance?

Eligibility requirements for LIHEAP are based on income, household size, available resources and responsibility for payment of home energy costs. Everyone who resides under the same utility service address must apply together. If you or anyone resides in your home are a Native American, you may apply for energy assistance through DHS or with your tribe, but you cannot receive assistance from both during the same Federal Fiscal Year.

To qualify for LIHEAP assistance, you must meet each of the following requirements:

  • Be responsible for payment home heating and cooling costs.
  • Be a United States citizen or have been an eligible legally admitted person for permanent residence.
  • Have $2,000 for one person or $3,000 for two persons, and $50 for each additional person in the household or less in the form of cash on hand, checking or savings accounts, certificates of deposits, stocks, or bonds.
  • Meet specific income guidelines that vary according to household size and fuel type.


Income Eligibility Guidelines

Household Size Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
 1  $16,588
 2  $22,412
 3  $28,236
 4  $34,060
 5  $39,884
 6  $45,708
 7  $51,532
 8  $57,356
 +1 -- $5,824 for each additional person



Benefit levels vary according to the following factors:

  • Household income
  • Number of persons living at the address
  • Type of dwelling
  • Type of heating fuel

You can submit an online application at the Oklahoma Department of Human Services website.