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Light Bill Assistance

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps low-income individuals and families who are unable to pay their utility bill.

Assistance is provided in three categories: regular energy, crisis energy or weather-related crisis.

You will receive a credit toward your utility bill.

  • How to Apply

    Complete an application. You can apply in person at a Community Resource Center or mail to our office.

    You may get a one-time credit up to $300 paid on your light bill if you qualify for the program. In a crisis, the credit may be up to $600.

    • Download the LIHEAP Fact Sheet English
  • Eligibility

    To qualify for help, you must meet the eligibility requirements.

    • You must reside in Miami-Dade County.
    • Submit the original and photo copy of energy bill.
    • Photocopy of Social Security Cards for all household members.
    • Photocopy of identification (Driver's License or FL ID or Voter Registration Card).
    • Proof of Income. Submit one of the following:
      • Photocopy of proof of income for every household member for the past month.
      • Proof of Income: consecutive pay stubs (4-pay stubs), bi-weekly (2-pay stubs) if paid monthly (1-month pay stub) or letter from employer on company letterhead indicating gross income for the past month or current income tax return.
      • Income Award Letter(s): SSA, SSI, VA, Pension, Welfare/TANF, Child Support/Alimony, Self Employed Income or Financial Support from friends or relatives.
      • Income self-declaration form provided at our office.
      • Proof of Assistance: Food Stamps, Weatherization Assistance Program or Community Service Block Grant Program.

    You must also meet poverty level income guidelines in order to qualify. 

    The program helps over 50,000 households annually.

  • Types of Assistance

    There are three categories, which includes:

    Regular Energy Assistance: designed to assist eligible applicants with the ever increasing cost of your home energy expense. A credit ranging from $150 - $300 will be applied towards your account. Restricted to one year and must continue paying utility bill while waiting for the credit towards your account.

    Crisis Energy Assistance: provides assistance to eligible households in resolving a home energy emergency/crisis with a disconnection or final notice. A credit ranging from $600 is applied towards your account. You can apply twice per year and have received a final notice or disconnection of services.

    Weather Related Crisis: assists eligible households to resolve a home energy caused by a specific weather related disaster as declared by the Florida Governor.

Online Options

Phone Number(s)

Community Action and Human Services
Lucia Davis-Raiford, Director

Overtown Transit Village North
701 NW 1st Court, 10th Floor Miami, FL 33136