Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Do you need help with your winter heating bills?

The Social Services Department is accepting applications for LIHEAP. This program is designed to provide a one-time heating assistance payment to help with the high energy costs during the winter months. The program is designed to assist citizens living within our service area; LaPorte, St. Joseph, Elkhart, Starke, Marshall and Kosciusko Counties in Indiana; and Cass, Berrien, Allegan, and Van Buren Counties in Michigan.

To apply, come into the Social Services Department at 58620 Sink Road, Dowagiac or call the department at (269) 782-8998 or 1 (800) 517-0777, or you may fax information to (269) 782-4295.

  • 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 $23,169 $24,672
2 $30,297 $32,263
3 $37,426 $39,855
4 $44,555 $47,446
5 $51,684 $55,037
6 $58,813 $62,629


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