Energy Assistance

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) 

The National Center for Appropriate Technology along with its partner APPRISE operate the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Clearinghouse. LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps low-income households pay their home heating and cooling bills. It operates in every state and the District of Columbia, as well as on most tribal reservations and U.S. territories. 

The Clearinghouse is a one-stop-shop for local LIHEAP administrators and the public to access energy assistance information.   

Since 1988, NCAT has operated the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Clearinghouse through a training and technical assistance contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services, Division of Energy Assistance. 

The Clearinghouse collects, develops, organizes and disseminates reports, issue briefs, program information, training tools, and other energy-related information to LIHEAP grantees, community action agencies, energy assistance service organizations, fuels funds, utilities, and regulatory commissions. 

National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) 

NCAT also operates the National Energy Assistance Referral hotline. If you need help finding your local Low-Income Energy Office, call the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) toll-free at 1-866-674-6327 for energy assistance referral. Or, email NEAR at 

Please include your city, county and state in your email message.  

For immediate assistance, visit ENERGYHELP.US