Winter’s chill can be unforgiving, but North Dakota residents have a ray of warmth to look forward to. The North Dakota Health and Human Services has officially declared that the application window for heating assistance under the esteemed Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now open until May 31, 2024.
LIHEAP, a federally supported program, is an important aid for those households in need across the state. It offers essential financial aid to assist with heating costs, ensuring that no one is left in the cold. The assistance amount, however, varies based on several key factors. These include the number of individuals in the household, the total income of the household, the source of heat, and other considerations.
Who Can Apply for LIHEAP in North Dakota?
As previously state, anyone who’s in need during the winter could apply for the funds. Both homeowners and renters can quilify for heating assistance through LIHEAP. However, individuals living in subsidized housing or receiving housing assistance with heating costs included in their rent are not eligible for LIHEAP. This limitation ensures that the program can channel its resources effectively to those who need it most.
As of August 22, 2023, LIHEAP showed its steady commitment to North Dakota households. During this period, it provided assistance to an impressive 14,280 qualifying households. The average payment amounted to a heartwarming $1,409 per household. These figures illustrate the tangible impact that LIHEAP has on the lives of many, ensuring that heating remains accessible, even during the harshest winters.
Accessing LIHEAP has been made convenient for North Dakotans. Individuals can apply online at hhs.nd.gov/applyforhelp, a comprehensive and user-friendly site that will guide you through along all the process. For those who prefer in-person assistance, the human service zone office is available locally. Alternatively, applications can be submitted by mail. North Dakotans seeking help with their application can also contact Community Options, a partner agency, toll-free at (800) 823-2417.
Finding Your Nearest Human Service Zones’s Offices to Apply for LIHEAP
Local Human Service Zones’ offices, formerly known as county social service offices, serve as vital hubs of assistance for individuals seeking various essential services and supports. These dedicated professionals are equipped to aid those in need, offering a spectrum of programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), heating assistance, Medicaid, encompassing crucial children’s health services. Find your closest one here.
Moreover, these offices provide access to a wide array of support services, including 1915i home and community-based services, basic care assistance, child care assistance, as well as vital child welfare services, which encompass foster care and child protection services.
On the HHS website, families and individuals can also apply to other important programs such as Medicaid, Food Assistance (SNAP), Child Care Assistance (CCAP), Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) and Temporary Assistance (TANF).