Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Did you know that low-income households can spend as high as 16.4 percent of their income on residential energy services, while an average household spends just 7.2 percent?

Tulare County residents struggling to cover the cost of their household’s home energy bill are encouraged to apply for financial assistance through CSET’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which provides aid to low-income community members to manage their immediate heating and/or cooling needs. The goal of LIHEAP is to provide residents experiencing financial difficulty a chance to catch up or get ahead on their home energy bills, thereby preventing them from suffering a disconnection or service termination from their utility company.

Applicants who qualify for the program receive financial assistance once per program year for electricity, gas or propane services. Eligibility for assistance is based on LIHEAP income guidelines, the number of people in the household, the cost of energy and the availability of funds.


To qualify for the program, residents must not exceed the income guidelines. Eligibility is based on income guidelines and important verification documents, including:

  • Household Income

    • Proof of gross monthly income from all sources in the household must be provided and must be current within the 6 weeks of the day you apply.

  • Southern CA Edison or PG&E; The Gas Company; or propane receipt/invoice.

    • All energy bills must contain a billing period of at least 22 days and be current within 6 weeks of the day you apply. You must provide both electric and gas/propane bills to apply for HEAP.

  • Social Security Card (for applicant only)

  • Valid CA ID or US issued photo ID (for applicant only)

For more information about how to apply for the LIHEAP program call 1-844-224-1316 or go to www.CSET.org

This message is brought to you by SVMC’s Bridge Services Team. Our approach to improve the health of our community and enhance access to care is to provide healthcare education, work collaboratively with community partners and to make a positive impact on social determinants of health. Learn more by visiting www.sierra-view.com/BridgeServices