Emergency Assistance

These services provide short-term assistance to citizens in crisis when no other funds are available to alleviate the crisis. This assistance is based on eligibility requirements.

Crisis Intervention Program (CIP)

What is it?

The Crisis Intervention Program provides a vendor payment for households that are in a heating or cooling crisis and experiencing a life threatening or health related emergency. Applications are taken year-round or until funds are exhausted.

Who might be eligible?

  • Household must meet an income test.
  • Household must be in a heating or cooling crisis and experiencing life threatening or health related emergency.
  • Household must include a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen.

How to apply

Applications may be received in person, by mail, by fax, by telephone, online through epass, or outside drop box.  An interview is required, however this can be conducted by telephone.

Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)

What is it?

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program gives families a one-time vendor payment to help pay their heating bills.

Who might be eligible?

Families that meet the following criteria:

  • Household must meet an income test.
  • Household must be responsible for its heating bills.
  • Household cannot have resources over $2,250.
  • Household must include a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
  • Priority in eligibility is given to disabled persons receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services or households containing a person age 60 and above during the month of December.

How to apply

Contact your local county department of social services where you live to find out how and where to apply. You do not need anything to apply but may be asked to provide the following information:

  • Household's income. If anyone works, provide wage stubs for the month prior to the month you apply.
  • Information about your household's saving accounts or checking accounts.
  • Name, date of birth, and social security numbers of each household member.

When to apply

The application period is the beginning of December through the end of December for households with a person who is disabled and receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services, or households containing a person age 60 or older. All households can apply January through March or until funds are exhausted.