Cash grants and financial assistance is provided in Florida from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. This utility bill program is open to income qualified families and individuals who need help in paying their utility bills. While funds are limited, the federal government LIHEAP program assists thousands of families every year.
People who are faced with a crisis may be able to qualify for a once-per-year utility payment. This emergency, or crisis component, is offered for individuals who have a utility bill that shows an amount past due, or for individuals in Florida who have a shut-off notice on their account. LIHEAP may also assist if you need money to pay for the connection fees or deposit on a new account, or re-establishing service. Grants can be used for either winter heating bills, or more commonly to help pay your air conditioning expenses during the hot Florida summer.
While funding does vary, eligible Florida households may receive a credit payment up to $600 from LIHEAP which can be applied to your account. Interested families will be permitted to apply at most twice per year, which will be during the winter and summer months.
The current charges that you owe to a Florida energy company can be paid by LIHEAP as well. This is considered the “regular” component. If you are interested, individuals can apply at most once per year. Usually a qualified applicant will be provided up to $300 to pay their electric or cooling bills. Call your local community action agency (see below) for more information or to apply. While you wait for this money you will still need to continue to pay your regular monthly utility bill.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program will offer eligible applicants a credit on their account. The LIHEAP program is funded through the federal government in partnership with the Florida Department of Community Affairs Division of Housing and Community Development, and in a typical year over 50,000 families qualify.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program in Florida provides grants to non-profit agencies, local governments, and community action agencies, and all funds go towards assisting low-income Florida households in paying home cooling and heating bills.
Bay and Gulf County Council on Aging, Inc.
1116 Frankford Avenue, Panama City, FL 32401
Phone: (850) 769-3486
Fax: (850) 872-2151
Brevard County Community Action Program
Address: 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Bldg. B, 1st Flr., Melbourne, FL 32940
Phone: (321) 633-2076
Fax: (321) 633-2026
Broward County Community Action Agency
Address: 900 N.W. 31st Avenue, Suite 3100, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311
Phone: ((95) 4) -5800
Fax: (954) -35-5768
Capital Area Community Action Agency of Liberty, Calhoun, Franklin, Jefferson, Leon, and Gadsden County.
Address: 309 Office Plaza Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: (850) 222-2043
Fax: (850) 942-2090
Central Florida Community Action Agency, Inc. includes the regions of Levy, Alachua, and Marion County.
Address: 2606 NW 6th Street
Gainesville, FL 32609
Phone: (352) 378-5892
Fax: (352) 378-2168
Coalition of Florida Farmworker Organizations, Inc.
Address: Florida City, FL 33034
Phone: (305) 246-0357
Fax: (305) 246-2445
The Community Action Program Committee, Inc. provides the low income energy bill assistance program (LIHEAP) in Escambia, Okaloosa, and Santa Rosa County.
Address: 1380 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32501
Phone: (850) 438-4021
Fax: (850) 438-0121
County of Charlotte Human Services
Address: 512 E. Grace Street
Punta Gorda, FL 33950-6121
Phone: (941) 833-6500
Fax: (941) 833-6565
Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River County, Inc. also supports families in Okeechobee County.
Address: 1456 Old Dixie Highway
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone: (772) 562-4177
Fax: (772) 562-7597
Hendry County Department of Social Services
Address: LaBelle, FL 33975
Phone: (863) 675-5356
Fax: (863) 675-5323
Hillsborough County Community Action Program
Address: 601 E. Kennedy Boulevard, 25th Floor
Tampa, FL 33602-4156
Phone: (813) 272-6770
Fax: (813) 272-7203
Immokalee Multicultural Multipurpose Community Action Agency
Address: 210 A. South First Street
Immokalee, FL 34143
Phone: (239) 657-2213
Fax: (239) 657-2338
Lake Community Action Agency, Inc.
Address: 501 N. Bay Street, Eustis, FL 32726-4111
Phone: (352) 357-3497
Fax: (352) 483-2298
Lee County Department of Human Services
Address: 2440 Thompson Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901
Phone: (239) 533-7930
Fax: (239) 533-7960
LIHEAP for Manatee, Hardee, and Desoto Counties, call the non-profit Manatee Community Action Agency
Address: 302 Manatee Avenue, East, Suite 322
Bradenton, FL 34208
Phone: (941) 827-2887
Fax: (941) 827-3001
Miami Dade County Community Action Agency
Address: 701 N.W. 1st Court, Suite 1000, Miami, FL 33136
Phone: (786) 469-4613
Fax: (786) 469-4703
Mid Florida Community Services, Inc. accepts LIHEAP applications in Volusia, Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, and Sumter.
Address: 820 Kennedy Boulevard, Brooksville, FL 34605-0896
Phone: (352) 796-1425
Fax: (352) 796-9952
LIHEAP for the counties of Duval, Baker, Nassau, St. Johns, Flagler, Putnam, and Duval is offered by Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, Inc. (NFCAA)
Address: Jacksonville, FL 32201
Phone: (904) 398-7472
Fax: (904) 398-7414
Orange County Community Action Division
Address: 2100 E. Michigan Street, Orlando, FL 32806
Phone: (407) 836-9333
Fax: (407) 836-8482
Palm Beach County Community Action Agency
Address: 810 Datura Street, Suite 150, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: (561) 355-4792
Fax: (561) 355-4192
Pinellas Opportunity Council, Inc.
Address: 3443 1st Avenue, North, St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Phone: (727) 327-8690
Fax: (727) 321-9612
Sarasota County Health & Human Services
Address: 2200 Ringling Boulevard, Suite 2001, Sarasota, FL 34237-6102
Phone: (941) 861-2564
Fax: (941) 861-2573
Seminole County Community Assistance
Address: 1101 E. First Street, Sanford, FL 32773
Phone: (407) 665-2363
Fax: (407) 665-2358
Suwannee River Economic Council, Inc. – LIHEAP is offered in Bradford, Columbia, Union, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Madison, Lafayette, Suwannee, and Taylor County.
Address: Live Oak, FL 32060-0070
Phone: (386) 362-4115
Fax: (386) 362-4078
The Agricultural and Labor Program, Inc.
Address: Winter Haven, FL 33885
Phone: (863) 956-3491
Fax: (863) 956-3357
Treasure Coast Community Services Advisory Board - St. Lucie County Department of Human Services. This agency also provides LIHEAP in Martin and Okeechobee County.
Address: 437 N. 7th Street, Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Phone: (772) 462-1777
Fax: (772) 462-1703
Tri-County Community Council, Inc. offers LIHEAP in Washington, Holmes, Okaloosa, Jackson, Santa Rosa, and Walton.
Address: Bonifay, FL 32425
Phone: (850) 547-3689
Fax: (850) 547-9806
Volusia County Department of Community Services
Address: 123 W. Indiana Ave., Room 101, Deland, FL 32720-4611
Phone: (386) 736-5956
Fax: (386) 736-5917
Wakulla County Senior Citizens Council
Address: 33 Michael Drive, Crawfordville, FL 32327
Phone: (850) 926-7145
Fax: (850) 926-8138