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Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps eligible low-income families with home heating costs.

The program partially pays the cost of natural gas, electricity, propane, fuel oil, coal, wood, or other fuel sources.

The program also covers:

  • Weatherization services (insulation, weather stripping around doors and windows, etc.)
  • Furnace cleaning, repair, and replacement
  • Chimney cleaning and inspection
  • Emergency assistance

Who Qualifies

Eligibility is based on a household's income to ensure help goes to those most in need.

A household’s income must be at or below 60 percent of North Dakota’s median income and within these limits.

Household Size Income Monthly Income
1 $31,443 $2,620
2 $41,118 $3,426
3 $50,792 $4,233
4 $60,467 $5,039
5 $70,142 $5,845
6 $79,816 $6,651
7 $81,630 $6,803
8 $83,444 $6,954
9 $85,258 $7,105
10 $87,072 $7,256
11 $88,886 $7,407
12 $90,701 $7,558

(Income limits effective Oct. 1, 2020 through Sept. 30, 2021)

Both homeowner and renter households are eligible for the program. Individual tribal LIHEAP programs serve tribal members living on reservations in the state.

How to Apply

  • Print and Mail: You can contact your local human service zone office (formerly called county social services) and request that an application be mailed to you, or
  • APPLY by 1) completing the fillable Energy Assistance Application, 2) printing and signing it, and 3) returning it to your local human service zone office. IMPORTANT: You must have the ability to print in order to use this option.
  • Applications are accepted between Oct. 1 through May 31.

Additional Information

Frequently Asked Questions
LIHEAP Brochure
Policy manuals and reports

Other programs are also available including Child Care Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. To see if you qualify, complete an Application for Assistance online or contact your local human service zone office. (NOTE: This application should not be used to apply for energy assistance, but can be used for other assistance programs handled by the department.)

Hyperlink Button to submit onine appeal request Click this button to submit an APPEAL REQUEST online (to appeal a decision about your LIHEAP application or case)

Finding Other Help

To find out if you may qualify for other state and federal programs, visit:

NOTE: To determine if you qualify for public assistance programs in North Dakota, you must apply and follow North Dakota's application process. Contact your local human service zone office.


For more information on program benefits and eligibility, contact your local human service zone office or direct your questions to the department.

Economic Assistance Policy Division
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept 325
Bismarck, ND 58505-0250
Phone: (701) 328-2332
Toll Free: (800) 755-2716
ND Relay TTY: (800) 366-6888, 711 (TTY)

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