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The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides assistance for energy costs to low-income households. LIHEAP is a federal program that is administered by individual states, territories, and tribes. In Montana, LIHEAP is administered by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.
Learn more about LIHEAP by reviewing the federal program fact sheet here.
For more information about LIHEAP in Montana, click here.
The Department of Public Health and Human Services oversees LIHEAP benefits and provides financial assistance for heating expenses to qualified households. Financial assistance can include payment for:
For more information about LIHEAP’s heating assistance initiative in Montana, see Montana’s state 2022 LIHEAP Detailed Model Plan here.
Montana’s LIHEAP program does not provide financial compensation for cooling expenses.
LIHEAP Crisis Assistance, like standard LIHEAP benefits, is a cash grant provided to the utility companies of eligible individuals in certain situations.
If your household meets all the eligibility requirements above and has an energy-related crisis, you may qualify for LIHEAP Crisis Assistance.
The state of Montana defines a “crisis situation” as one where a household:
A “life-threatening crisis situation” also qualifies a household for Crisis Assistance. This occurs when:
For qualifying households, the maximum annual benefit amount for LIHEAP Crisis Assistance is a one-time payment of $9,999.
Learn more about Crisis Assistance on page 12 of the Detailed Model Plan here.
To determine the amount of energy assistance for which you are eligible, the Department of Public Health and Human Services will consider:
Also, whether you are eligible for regular LIHEAP payments or Crisis Assistance payments will influence your maximum benefit amount.
As of 2022, the maximum annual benefit amount for heating in Montana is $3,732 and the minimum annual benefit amount is $149.
To qualify for LIHEAP in Montana, you must meet the following requirements:
Learn more about the LIHEAP financial eligibility requirements in Montana here.
If you or a member of your family participates in the benefit programs below, then you may automatically be eligible for LIHEAP based on your income:
Eligible households can only apply for LIHEAP assistance from October 1st until April 30th each year. LIHEAP applications cannot be submitted year-round.
To apply for LIHEAP in Montana, complete the following three steps:
Learn what documents and information you need to complete the process on page 10 here.
Find your nearest LIHEAP office contact information, and mailing address here.
Access the Montana LIHEAP application here.
If you have questions about the application process or require assistance, contact your nearest LIHEAP office. Find your nearest LIHEAP office here.
When applying for Montana LIHEAP benefits, you will need to provide:
The state will need the following documents and information to confirm your eligibility for LIHEAP benefits:
Learn more about the documentation needed during the LIHEAP application process on page 10 here.
You can call the LIHEAP office where you applied to directly to check your application status. Click here to find your local office and contact information.
The Montana LIHEAP office will notify you within 45 days of receiving your application if you are approved to receive benefits. All LIHEAP payments are made to the heating or energy provider directly. Benefit payments will not be sent to you.
If you are denied Montana LIHEAP benefits, you may request a hearing to appeal the decision by writing a statement to your local LIHEAP office where you applied within 90 days of when you received the denial. Find your nearest local LIHEAP office here.
If you have questions about the appeal process, contact the Department of Public Health and Human Services at (833) 317-1080.
If you have questions about LIHEAP benefits in Montana or require further assistance, contact your local LIHEAP office. Find your nearest LIHEAP office and contact information here.
Or, call the Department of Public Health and Human Services at (833) 317-1080.
While we are not affiliated with the government in any way, our private company engaged writers to research the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and compiled a guide that we believe is simple to use and easy to understand. Our goal is to help you get the benefits that you need by providing detailed information on the process.
Our free LIHEAP Guide is filled with helpful information about how to apply for LIHEAP, program eligibility requirements and how to get in touch with local offices. You can view or download our free guide here.
Last Updated: September 19, 2022