Utah LIHEAP Application Information
Utah Home Energy Assistance Target (HEAT) program is state's LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) that offers help with home heating costs to low-income families living in the state of Utah. The program targets the most vulnerable families to ensure that no one is left in the cold weather without help. It gives preference to households with elderly, disabled, and school-going children. The program doesn't require families to be receiving any kind of welfare aid to receive HEAT assistance. It operates independently of other welfare programs in the state.
Utah HEAT, which is actually federal LIHEAP, is funded entirely by the federal government through U.S Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The state administers the program through State Energy Assistance and Lifeline (SEAL).
Utah HEAT (LIHEAP) program starts receiving applications from November 1st. The program won't accept any applications after March 31st. If LIHEAP funds are exhausted before that, the application won't be accepted any more. Similarly, if the available funds haven't exhausted by the end date, the last date for applications can be extended. If the program has received too many applications and the available funds are not enough to provide aid to all the eligible households, a notice of non-payment will be sent to those whose applications could not be processed.
Utah HEAT - LIHEAP also offers two supplemental programs such as HEAT Energy Crisis Intervention and Weatherization. Households facing weather-related emergency may qualify for additional aid through crisis intervention programs. Weatherization program helps households by offering them assistance to improve their homes so that they become weather-resistant to some extent. This will reduce energy consumption for keeping the home hot during winter.
In order to receive benefits through Utah HEAT - LIHEAP, applicants will need to meet certain eligibility criteria for the program:
Citizenship: Applicant must be a U.S citizen (naturalized or U.S born) or a qualified alien. A person will be considered a qualified alien if he/she has been documented by the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services. Temporary entrants such as visitors, students, tourists, and diplomats are not eligible for the Utah HEAT - LIHEAP benefits.
Residence: You must be a resident of state of Utah to receive LIHEAP - HEAT benefits. The members of Utah's five Native American tribes can also apply for assistance just like other residents. However, they can also apply through local Tribal LIHEAP if it's available. If a household applies through both offices, it will receive assistance from one office only. Your local HEAT office will verify whether or not you have received assistance from Tribal LIHEAP before issuing benefits.
Responsible for paying home heating bills: Applicant must be responsible for paying household heating bills in order to qualify for the assistance. Those paying heating bills indirectly, as in case of heating cost being a part of rent; can also be considered eligible for receiving LIHEAP - HEAT assistance if they meet other requirements for the program.
Income eligibility: In order to receive benefits through LIHEAP - HEAT, a household must meet income guidelines.
Size of household Maximum annual income
If your household has additional members, you can add $5,610 for each additional person.
LIHEAP Application Instructions
In order to apply for Utah LIHEAP - HEAT, you will need to download appropriate application for your household from the links below.
Application for HEAT in English- Download
Application for HEAT in Spanish - Download (http://www.housing.utah.gov/seal/documents/HEATapplicationSpanish.pdf)
Application for HEAT - For households with only one person - Download
Once you have downloaded appropriate application, you will need to complete it in all respects. You will also need to attach copies of various documents that will be used to verify your credentials and income. Don't attach originals as they will not be returned.
Before mailing your application, make sure that it is complete and contains all the necessary documents. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
Mail your completed application to local HEAT office. You can find mailing address for your local HEAT - LIHEAP office here.