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Are you looking for help with your energy bills?

The mission of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is to assist low income households who have an energy crisis.

Keep them warm.

Missouri’s LIHEAP Program

This is a federally funded project administered by OACAC.

Start dates are as follows:

  • November 1: Residents with disabilities or age 60 or older. Applications accepted beginning October 1.
  • December 1: All other households. Applications accepted beginning November 1.


Energy Assistance 

The Winter Heating and Energy Assistance Program (EA) provides a one-time payment for assistance with winter heating costs for low-income households.

  • Payments are based on household size and income
  • The program runs the entire year from October through September
  • Applicants must first apply for EA before being considered for the Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP)


Energy Crisis Intervention Program 

The Energy Crisis Intervention Program provides utility assistance and relief for eligible households to alleviate an energy-related crisis.

  • The Winter program runs from October through September
  • The Summer Cooling Program runs from June through September

Crisis includes a sudden, unexpected, uncontrollable loss of financial resources, life-threatening conditions (utility services disconnected or fuel depleted), and circumstances that threaten the stability if energy aid is not supplied.


How To Apply for LIHEAP

TO APPLY BY PAPER: Click here to download and print the application. The completed application may be mailed, dropped off in person, or faxed to OACAC. Contact information is located on the first page of instructions. Haga clic aquí para obtener una solicitud en papel para solicitar LIHEAP.

TO APPLY ONLINE: Follow this link to the Missouri Department of Social Services page. Haga clic aquí para aplicar en línea.

If you have questions, you may call our automated line at (417) 864-3460. Si tiene preguntas, puede llamar a nuestra línea automatizada al (417) 864-3460.

How To Apply for LIHWAP

The Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) may be able to help you with a one-time payment for your water and/or wastewater (sewer) bill from November – September.

Click here for the application and here for the landlord documentation request. You may also visit the Missouri Department of Social Services website to apply online.

Para solicitar LIHWAP en linea, haga clic aqui. 

If you have questions, you may call (417) 864-3460.


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