Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

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This program is designed to provide a one-time heating assistance payment for citizens living in the 10-county service area to help with the high electric costs during the winter months. Income eligible citizens will receive a one-time payment, paid directly to the electric provider, to the maximum amount they are eligible for under the guidelines. These payments will be made on a first come first serve basis. Note for FY2019: applicants are not able to access both tribal and state LIHEAP.

To apply, complete this application form with the below documentation and return it to the Social Services Department at 58620 Sink Road, Dowagiac or or you may fax information to (269) 782-4295. For questions, please call the department at (269) 782-8998 or (800) 517-0777.

  • Proof of all household income is needed: 
  1. Proof  of all yearly income; including Per Capita and/or
  2. Award letters from (SSI, RSDI, Elder’s Stipend, VA, etc…) and/or
  3. Child Support received or paid or
  4. Completion of zero income form if those above do not apply.
  • Provider's bill
  • Social Security numbers for all household members
  • Social Security cards (copy) for all household members
  • Tribal identification
  • Picture identification may also be required (driver’s license, student ID, etc)

Income Guidelines

Household Size Income Limit  
1 $24,835 $26,581
2 $32,476 $34,760
3 $40,118 $42,938
4 $47,759 $51,117
5 $55,400 $59,296
6 $63,042 $67,474


PDF icon Zero Income Form157.45 KB
PDF icon LIHEAP 2019-2020 Application231.48 KB