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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 Nevada, LIHEAP is administered by the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services.
Learn more about LIHEAP by reviewing the federal program fact sheet here.
For more information about LIHEAP in Nevada, click here.
The Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services oversees LIHEAP benefits and provides financial assistance for heating and cooling to qualified households through a fixed annual credit. Financial assistance is applied directly to the energy provider and is applied as an annual credit on a household’s bill.
For more information about LIHEAP’s heating assistance initiative in Nevada, see the Nevada state 2022 LIHEAP Detailed Model Plan here.
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 Nevada 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 $3,136.
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 Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive 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 or cooling in Nevada is $3,136 and the minimum annual benefit amount is $240.
To qualify for LIHEAP in Nevada, you must meet the following requirements:
Learn more about the LIHEAP financial eligibility requirements in Nevada 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 year-round.
To apply for LIHEAP in Nevada, complete the following three steps:
Learn what documents and information you need to complete the process here.
To apply for LIHEAP by email, complete the Energy Assistance Program application and send your application and verification documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply for LIHEAP in person, visit your local Division of Welfare and Supportive Services office. Find your nearest DWSS office and contact information here.
Access the Nevada Energy Assistance Program application here.
If you have questions about the application process or require assistance, contact the Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services at (800) 992-0900.
When applying for Nevada 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 here.
You can call the Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services at (800) 992-0900 to check the status of your application.
The Nevada Division of Welfare and Social Services will notify you within 60 to 90 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 your household is eligible for benefits, your household will receive an annual notice reminding you to reapply for energy assistance benefits.
If you are denied Nevada LIHEAP benefits, you may request a hearing to appeal the decision by writing a statement to your local Division of Welfare and Supportive Services office where you applied within 90 days of when you received the denial. Find your nearest local DWSS office here.
If you have questions about the appeal process, contact the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services.
If you have questions about LIHEAP benefits in Nevada or require further assistance, contact the Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services at (800) 992-0900. You may also contact your local DWSS office. Find your nearest DWSS office and contact information here.
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 and how to get in touch with local offices. You can view or download our free guide here.
Last Updated: September 19, 2022