Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The Social Services Department will start accepting applications for LIHEAP on November 1, 2022. Remember 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 call the Social Services Department at 58620 Sink Road, Dowagiac.  Phone number (269) 782-4300 or 1-800-517-0777 or you may fax information to (269) 782-4295. Starting November 1, the application will also be available below. 

·         Proof of all household income is needed: 

1.      Proof of all yearly income 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 Per Cap only/Zero Income Form if those above do not apply.

·         Providers Bill.

·         Social Security numbers are required on applications, for all household members.

·         Social Security Cards (copy) are REQUIRED for all household members.

·         Tribal identification is also required.

·         Picture identification may also be required (driver’s license, student ID, etc.).

2022/2023 Income Guidelines

Household Size Income Limit  
1 $27,827-$30,238  
2 $36,390-$39,542  
3 $44,952-$48,846  
4 $53,515-$58,150  
5 $62,077-$67,454  
6 $70,639-$76,758  


PDF icon 2022-2023 LIHEAP Application217.05 KB
PDF icon 2022-2023 Zero Income206.43 KB