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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 Texas, LIHEAP is also known as the Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and is administered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA)
Learn more about LIHEAP by reviewing the federal program fact sheet here.
For more information about LIHEAP in Texas, click here.
The Department of Housing and Community Affairs of Texas 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 Texas, see the Texas state LIHEAP Detailed Model Plan here.
Texas’s LIHEAP program does not provide financial compensation for cooling expenses. However, it does assist with cooling emergencies if applicants qualify for Crisis Assistance.
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 Texas 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 $1,200.
Learn more about Crisis Assistance on page 6 of the Detailed Model Plan here.
To determine the amount of energy assistance for which you are eligible, the Department of Housing and Community Affairs of Texas 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 Texas is $5,400 and the minimum annual benefit amount is $1.
To qualify for LIHEAP in Texas, you must meet the following requirements:
The Department of Housing and Community Affairs of Texas prioritizes households with elderly, disabled or young members. Elderly is considered 60 years or older, and young is considered five years old or younger.
Learn more about the LIHEAP financial eligibility requirements in Texas 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 November 1 until March 31 each year. LIHEAP applications cannot be submitted year-round.
To apply for LIHEAP in Texas, complete the following three steps:
Learn what documents and information you need to complete the process by contacting your local Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) office using the office locator here.
Find your nearest Department of Housing and Community Affairs office and contact information here.
Once you have chosen the office you will be applying with, be sure to gather all your necessary documents and call ahead to confirm you can apply on-site with a local agent.
Note that applications for Crisis Assistance, for households that meet the state definition of a crisis, can be submitted year-round.
If you have questions about the application process or require assistance, contact your nearest Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) office. Find your nearest TDHCA office here.
When applying for Texas LIHEAP benefits, you will need to provide:
The state will need the following documents and information to confirm your eligibility for LIHEAP benefits:
To learn more about the documentation needed during the LIHEAP application process, call 1 (877) 399-8939.
You can call the Department of Housing and Community Affairs office where you applied to directly to check your application status.
Click here to find your local office and contact information.
The Department of Housing and Community Affairs of Texas will notify you within 30 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 Texas LIHEAP benefits by your local Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) office, you may file an appeal within 30 days of when you received the denial.
You can file an appeal for a fair hearing in person, by phone or by mail.
To file an appeal in person, you will need to go to a local TDHCA office and speak with a representative about your appeal. You can find the office closest to you here. Be sure to bring your determination letter.
To file an appeal by phone, call the Texas Appeals Division at 512-231-5701 or 211 for application assistance. Be sure to have your determination letter on hand for reference.
To request a fair hearing by mail, download the Fair Hearing Request form found here and mail it to the following address:
Health and Human Services Commission
PO Box 149024,
Austin, TX 78714-9968
If you need further assistance, contact 1 (877) 399-8939.
If you have questions about LIHEAP benefits in Texas or require further assistance, contact your local Department of Housing and Community Affairs office. Find your nearest Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) office and contact information here.
You can also contact the TDHCA Association of Texas phone line at 1 (877) 399-8939 or email the department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.