Benefit Levels for Heating and Crisis

Note: The table below contains information obtained from FY 2013 state LIHEAP plans and a survey of LIHEAP directors in late 2012.

State
FY
Heat min
Heat mean
Heat max
Crisis max
Comment
Alabama
2012 $270   $400 $850  
Alaska
2012   $1,493 $4,900 $4,900 Crisis benefits are expedited heating benefits computed in the same manner as heating benefits.
Arizona
2013 $75   $640 $500  
Arkansas
2013 $61   $359 $700  
California
2012   $424   $1,000  
Colorado
2013 $200 $302 $700 $700  
Connecticut
2013 $350   $575 $400  
Delaware
2013 $300 $400 $700 $700  
District of Columbia
2013 $250   $1,500 $800  
Florida
2013 $150
$300 $1,200 Crisis: 1 crisis heating and 1 crisis cooling benefit per year up to $600 each for a maximum of $1,200.
Georgia
2013 $320 $345 $350 $350  
Hawaii
2013 $275 $526 $1,200 $250  
Idaho
2013 $40 $229 $532 $750  
Illinois
2012 $100 $496 $1,905 $1,000  
Indiana
2013 $185 $285 $385 $400 Crisis: $200 regulated utility; $400 bulk fuels
Iowa
2013
$400
$500 Crisis $500 for service reconnection and/or emergency delivery; $350 crisis cooling; $1,500 max for furnac repair/replacement
Kansas
2013   $489      
Kentucky
2013  
  $400 Benefits depend on type of fuel and poverty level. First phase of assistance includes up to $206 for natural gas, $274 for propane, $182 for coal, $196 for wood, and $263 for fuel oil. The second phase, after Jan. 4, and is more for crisis with max up to 50 gallons of kerosene, two cords of wood (one at a time), electric up to $400, 200 gallons of propane or fuel oil, or two tons of coal (one at a time).
Louisiana
2013 $150
$600 $475  
Maine
2013 $144 $556 $1,656 $400  
Maryland
2014 $96 $496 $1,881 $1,881  
Massachusetts
2013 $260   $750 $750 Max: $750 deliverable fuel; $430 for utility and heat included in rent. Min: $450 deliverable fuel and $260 for utility and heat included in rent. High energy cost supplements range from $60 to $100.
Michigan
2013  
$850 $850 Crisis maximums: $450 electric and natural gas; $850 delivered fuels
Minnesota
2013 $100 $500 $1,200 $500    
Mississippi
2012



No minimum or maximum benefit levels are set for heating or crisis. The level of cash payments to eligible households depends on the applicant's bill amount, the result of case management analysis and degree of participation in the established case plan.
Missouri
2013     $450 $800 Regular benefits vary by fuel type, $33 min is for kerosene and $330 max is for propane
Montana
2013 $50 $451 $1,500   No maximum for crisis.
Nebraska
2013

$827 $500 Maximum benefit varies by fuel type. Fuel Oil/$802; Wood/$641; Propane/$827; Natural Gas, Electricity and Other/$480 and Shared Dwelling/$240. Crisis: Amounts in excess of $500 may be approved with Central Office authorization.
Nevada
2013 $180 $684      
New Hampshire
2013 $120   $975 $975  
New Jersey
2013 $50     $1,000  
New Mexico
2013 $32   $224 $224  
New York
2013 $50 $338 $600 $600 $600 max is for deliverable fuel, propane, kerosene; gas and elec max $400; wood, coal and other deliverable fuels max is $500. For all fuel types, an additional $25 for households at or below Tier I (130% FPG and lower) and an additional $25 for hhs with vulnerable member (child <6, 60+, Disabled). Renters with HIR receive $25 if Tier I or $20 if Tier II (130% FPG - 60% SMI). Crisis: $600 oil, kerosene, propane; $500 wood, coal, other deiverable fuell; $160 heat related elec.; $400 nat gas; $560 nat gas heat and elec; $560 elec heat
North Carolina
2013 $200   $400 $600  
North Dakota
2013 $50  

Heating and crisis have no max benefit. Client must make co-payment based on income in relation to heating costs.
Ohio
2013       $750 Crisis max: $175 regulated utilities, $450 non-regulated utilities, $750 delivered fuel
Oklahoma
2012   $55 $90 $500  
Oregon
2013 $250 $400 $550 $500  
Pennsylvania
2013 $100   $1,000 $400  
Rhode Island
2012 $300 $390 $450 $1,500    
South Carolina
2013 $225   $500 $500  
South Dakota
2013 $334   $1,983 $1,200 Benefit levels vary by fuel type and region
Tennessee
2013 $300   $600 $600  
Texas
2013     $1,000 $1,000 Up to $2,500 for repair or replacement of heating or cooling system.
Utah
2013   $317   $500  
Vermont
2013 $50 $898     Crisis: same as regular payments - typical payment necessary for 125 gallons of liquid fuel, 1 ton of coal, or 1 cord of wood, plus applicable special trip charges.
Virginia
2013     $351   max varies by fuel: $351 max for kerosene; $334 oil/ $326 propane; $297 gas; $295 elec. Repair and replacement $800 to $2,500
Washington
2013 $25
$450 $1,000 $1,000
Crisis has a $5,000 maximum for heating systems repair or replacement.
West Virginia
2013   $229 $500 $500  
Wisconsin
2013
$240   $1,200  
Wyoming
2013     $1,163 $500 Benefits vary by fuel type: $1,163 fuel oil; $1,004 propane; $946 natural gas. $6,850 max for deposits. $3,000 max for furnace replacement.

Page last updated: December 11, 2013