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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 Oregon, LIHEAP is administered by Oregon Community Action Agencies. Therefore, LIHEAP procedures, policies, and application methods may vary by the county office.
Learn more about LIHEAP by reviewing the federal program fact sheet here.
For more information about LIHEAP in Oregon, click here.
Oregon Community Action Agencies oversee LIHEAP benefits and provides financial assistance for heating and cooling expenses to qualified households. Financial assistance can include payment for:
For more information about LIHEAP’s heating assistance initiative in Oregon, see the Oregon state LIHEAP overview 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 Oregon 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 $500.
Learn more about Crisis Assistance on the federal Benefit Levels for Heating, Cooling, and Crisis here.
To determine the amount of energy assistance for which you are eligible, the local Community Action Agencies will consider:
Also, whether you are eligible for regular LIHEAP payments or Crisis Assistance payments will influence your maximum benefit amount.
As of 2020, the maximum annual benefit amount for heating or cooling in Oregon is $1,050 and the minimum annual benefit amount is $250.
To qualify for LIHEAP in Oregon, you must meet the following requirements:
Learn more about the LIHEAP financial eligibility requirements in Oregon 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:
To apply for LIHEAP in Oregon, you must contact your local Community Action Agency. LIHEAP procedures and policies vary by county office.
Find your nearest Community Action Agency office and contact information here.
If you have questions about the application process or require assistance, contact your nearest Community Action Agency office.
When applying for Oregon LIHEAP benefits, you will need to provide:
The state may need the following documents and information to confirm your eligibility for LIHEAP benefits:
You can call the Community Action Agency office where you applied to directly to check your application status.
Click here to find your local office and contact information.
Your local Oregon Community Action Agency will notify you after your application has been processed 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 Oregon LIHEAP benefits, you may request a hearing to appeal the decision by writing a statement to your local Community Action Agency office where you applied after you receive the denial. Find your nearest local office here.
If you have questions about LIHEAP benefits in Oregon or require further assistance, contact your local Community Action Agency office. Find your nearest 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.