The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is a federally funded program that assists high-energy burdened, low-income households with the costs of heating and cooling their homes. LIHEAP helps clients stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer through the Home Energy and Crisis Energy Assistance Program. Home energy funds are provided once per calendar year and are based on the client’s gross income and household size. Priority target groups include: age 60 or over, and/or persons with a disability, and/or at least with one child under 5 (five) in the home. Clients must meet household income guidelines and earn no more than 150% of the federal poverty level. Clients can receive a payment on their utility account ranging from $150-$475. Crisis funding is determined when a client is in danger of having their utility service terminated due to unforeseen circumstances. A payment is provided up to $600, in the amount necessary to keep the electricity on or to restore it if needed. EOC provides LIHEAP services in Indian River and Okeechobee Counties.
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2021 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia
Hi, my name is Susana Arocha. I am a single mother of four with my youngest child residing with me. We were struggling with all the deposits needed to move into our own place as I am on a fixed monthly income. I am grateful for everything EOC was able to assist me with. They were able to pay the high deposit to turn on my electric service. They also helped me obtain a Florida ID and assisted with Food Vouchers with funding from the CSBG program. EOC has opened new doors for me. I am currently awaiting my transcripts from high school and colleges so I can further my education to maintain self sufficiency for myself and my child. Thank you for all your wonderful help and keep up the awesome work!