The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which helps low-income renters and homeowners pay for home heating costs and furnace repairs. A member's annual household income must be at or below 50% of the state median annual income ($58,793 for a family of four) to qualify for benefits. Also, applications must be received or postmarked by May 31, 2023.
To learn more about accessing the EAP, click on the SEMCAC or Three Rivers links below. Additional organizations that may be able to help are also listed below.
Energy Assistance Increase
The Energy Assistance Program Crisis Benefit Maximum has been increased to $3,000. Members may be eligible for additional Energy Assistance funds (Crisis benefits) if:
- They have a pending heat/electric disconnection.
- Their heat/electricity is disconnected.
- They have less than 20% of propane or oil in their tank or are out of fuel, and cannot get a delivery on credit.
- They are age 60 or older and need help paying their current energy bill.
Some households may have already used the previous maximum Crisis amount of $1,500. With the maximum raised to $3,000, households can request additional Crisis funds. To get extra help, members must contact their local Energy Assistance service provider by June 30.