LIHEAP: Fighting Poverty in Vermont
LIHEAP FY 2014 Funding
LIHEAP FY 2013 Benefit
Heating: $50 minimum, $858 average (includes state funds)
LIHEAP Households Served
(Estimate for FY 2013 Heating)
LIHEAP Program Dates
Heating: November 1 – April 30
Crisis: November 25 – April 25
State LIHEAP Resources
General Assistance provides emergency help to meet basic needs, including fuel and utilities. Eligible are persons with little or no income and resources who are unable to work or who have employment barriers. Also persons who have experienced a crisis such as a fire, flood, death in the family or eviction may be eligible. Individuals must apply in person at district offices when they have an emergency. Call 1-800-479-6151.
The Weatherization Trust Fund, established in 1990, is funded by a 0.5 percent gross receipts tax on regulated utilities and all fuels except wood. The trust fund has raised about $3 million annually to supplement the Vermont Weatherization Assistance Program.
Vermont Utilities with Low-Income Rate Assistance
Green Mountain Power (GMP)
Energy Assistance Program: Eligible households (up to 150 percent of federal poverty guidelines) can receive a 25 percent discount off their monthly bills for the first 600 kilowatt hours used. Applications can be received by contacting the Vermont Agency of Human Services Benefits Service Center at 1-800-775-0516. Once the application is complete, return to the Agency for review. If you qualify, the Agency will notify you and GMP. The discounted rate will be applied to your account with the next month’s bill after GMP receives notification.
Low Income Energy Program (LIAP): A 20 percent discount on bills is available to eligible customers. Households with incomes no greater than 185 percent of the federal poverty level, or that meet income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP assistance, are eligible for the discount. Eligibility will be determined by the Department for Children and Families Energy Assistance Office. Please contact them at 1-800-775-0516 to obtain an application, or visit www.energyhelp.vt.gov. Please note Vermont Gas cannot determine eligibility.
Vermont Utilities with Low-Income Energy Efficiency Resources
A unique “energy efficiency utility” called Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont legislature and Vermont Public Service Board to provide energy efficiency services to low-income and other customers. The Low-Income Single Family Program provides electric efficiency improvements to eligible customers of Vermont’s electric utilities (except in Burlington) who are actively enrolled in the federal Weatherization Assistance Program. Measures include energy efficiency lighting, refrigerator replacement, and water heater efficiency measures. Also provides energy efficiency measures to owners, managers and developers of multi-family housing units. Call 1-888-921-5990.
Community Action Agencies offer free weatherization service to low-income households through Weatherization Assistance Program. Qualified technicians come to your home, conduct a comprehensive energy audits, and make energy improvements free-of-charge to your home, including , insulation, sealing air leaks, and improvements to the heating system. To see if you are income-eligible or to apply, call:
- CVOEO – 800-287-7971 (Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle counties)
- Capston Community Action– 800-639-1053 (Lamoille, Orange, Washington)
- SEVCA – 800-464-9951 (Windham, Windsor)
- NETO – 802-748-8935 (Caldonia, Essex, Orleans)
- BEN-Rut – 802-775-0878 (Bennington, Rutland)
For any additional questions: State Economic Opportunity Office 1-802-241-2450
State utility resource information provided by the LIHEAP Clearinghouse, a service of the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.