LIEAP (Low-Income Energy Assistance Program)
Help with home heating costs for low-income households from October 1 - April 30.
Application is by mail to HRC at 1801 South Higgins, Missoula from 10/1 - 4/30.
Benefit is determined by type of fuel, type of dwelling, number of persons living there and the amount of income earned by all persons living in the home regardless of relationship.
Household income limits are based on federal poverty guidelines. Benefit checks are issued to your fuel vendor by the State of Montana unless you heat with wood, your utilities are part of your rent or you are being reimbursed for fuel purchases. In those conditions, your check will come to you from HRC.
Documentation required includes photocopies of:
If the home's heating fuel account is in the name of someone who doesn't live in the household, payment can not be made to that account. The household will have to pay for their energy use and be reimbursed after proof of payment.
Some vendors offer discounts to LIEAP eligible households.
HRC can help LIEAP eligible homeowners deal with emergencies related to their heating source and/or their hot water heater. Print an application at the State of Montana Energy Assistance website.
Check your NorthWestern Energy account here.
Contact HRC's Missoula office for additional information.
ENERGY SHARE OF MONTANA
Energy Share of Montana is a state-wide private non-profit corporation. Application for assistance and intake in Mineral, Missoula and Ravalli Counties is through the Human Resource Council. Energy Share accesses various sources of funds and most of them do not have an income cap.
Energy Share helps households facing an immediate energy emergency when they have exhausted all other resources. Energy Share can help households who have used their energy assistance benefit or do not qualify for LIEAP. Energy Share can also help with some furnace emergencies and refrigerator replacement, if the applicant is a homeowner. A local committee meets regularly to decide on a case-by-case basis whether to recommend assistance, the amount of assistance and any co-payment required.
Energy Share is a revolving loan pool. Households have an eligibility of up to $700 lifetime maximum at any time until some or all of the funds are repaid. The program is active in all three counties, but call our Missoula office at (406) 728-3710 to find out if you are eligible to apply and when the local committee will meet again.
Contact HRC's Missoula office for additional information, or visit the State Office of Energy Share of Montana.