All persons who would like to apply for heating assistance must complete the attached application. Applicants must also provide a copy of their ID, heating and electric bills, proof of income, and receipts for wood cutting supplies for folks who self-harvest their own wood.
Proof of Income & Work Statements
Emergency/Expedited Application Processing
Applications are worked in the order they are received. The Program has up to 45 days to determine eligibility after a complete application is received in the Heating Assistance office.
If you are out of heating fuel, or are within 48 hours of having your utilities disconnected, you MAY qualify for expedited processing. To request this service you must meet the following criteria:
- You must provide a copy of your shutoff notice with a shutoff date within 48 hours of when you request expedited processing. If your shutoff notice is for a date outside of this time period, you will be denied. In other words, if your power is going to be shut off a week from now and you apply for expedited processing now you will be denied because it isn’t within 48 hours. Once denied for expedited processing, you cannot reapply for this service, and:
- Your income must be less than your shelter costs the month prior to the date you signed your application. Shelter costs include rent or mortgage, your electric bill, and your heating bill. If your shelter costs are greater than your income, you meet this part of the eligibility criteria. If your income is greater than your shelter costs, you will not qualify for expedited processing. Contact your vendor to make a payment arrangement.
The Emergency Processing Worksheet can help you determine if you meet the criteria. This worksheet does not replace an application. If you meet the criteria, you will still need to complete the heating assistance application. Please make sure to check the box, “I am out of fuel and requesting expedited processing” on page 1 of the application.
If you meet both of these criteria, your application will be pulled and worked ahead of everyone else’s. The vendor will be called with a pledge for your benefit. If not, if will be worked in the date order it was received.
How Are Benefits Determined?
Heating Assistances uses a point system to determine award amounts. Multiple factors; including the community the applicant resides in, how they heat their home, the size of their heated living space, their income, and whether or not an elder, disabled person or child under the age of 6 reside in the home; impact the number of points a household receives. The State then multiplies the final number of points by the amount per point they can pay based upon anticipated funding. See also:
Heating Assistance payments are sent to approved vendors and then credited onto the customer’s account with their vendor. Approved Vendors are vendors that have a current, signed agreement with the State of Alaska to provide these services. We require that clients use an approved vendor to ensure that the money is being used for its intended purpose, to offset heating costs, and to prevent cases of waste, fraud and abuse.
If your vendor is not on this list, please call our office at 1-800-470-3058 and ask to speak with our account tech, Trina Jones. Please be prepared to provide your vendor’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address (if you have it). We will contact your vendor about becoming an approved vendor with the program.
Energy Saving Tips
Tribal Heating Assistance
The Heating Assistance Program is administered by the State of Alaska and 12 Tribal Agencies across Alaska. A resident cannot receive a LIHEAP benefit from the State and one of the Tribal Agencies. It is important you apply with the correct agency because the applications and eligibility criteria differ depending upon who you apply with. Our Tribal Health Organizations document has a listing of the Tribal Agencies, the communities they serve, and their contact information. If you live in an area served by one of these agencies, you will need to contact them directly to get an application.
There are three things that impact your energy bills: how efficient your appliances are, whether or not your home has been weatherized, and your everyday habits. Here are a few tips to get you started on your way to lower bills today:
- Use a timer when plugging in cars.
- Turn off lights and use energy efficient bulbs or smart lighting options like compact fluorescent lights (CLFs) or LED lights.
- Turn off electronics including televisions, computers, and games when not in use.
- Use a warm blanket instead of space heaters.
- Clean filters (furnace and dryer lint screen).
- Minimize heat tape use.
- Don’t leave the refrigerator door open while deciding what you need.
- Save hot water by using low flow shower heads, low-flow aerators, variable flow valves and washing full loads of laundry in cold water.
- Put clear plastic on the inside of windows in winter to help keep the warm air inside.
- Dress warmly and lower the thermostat.
- Unplug appliances when not in use, or use power strips.
- Showers use less energy than baths.
- Turn down your hot water heater temperature to 120 degrees.
- Use the most efficient appliance. For example, cooking in a microwave saves energy and time.
For more information on ways to save energy and useful tips, check out the following websites:
Checking On Your Application – The IVR Hotline
Your home may be using more energy than it needs to because of air leaks or inefficient systems. There are some free program, educational classes, and do-it-yourself information available to help you seal up those leaks and get more out of your heating dollars.
You can check to see if we received your application or find out your grant amount by calling our 24-hour information hotline:
- Anchorage 269-5777 or
- all other areas toll free 1-888-804-6330
You will be asked:
- The social security number of the person listed on page 1 as head of household of your application;
- Your security code is the last four digits of the phone number listed on page 1 as head of household of your application. If there is not a daytime phone listed, use message or cell number.
- If you do not list any phone numbers, your security code will be the 4 digit birth year of the head of household.
IMPORTANT: The hotline is updated each year on November 1. If you call prior to November 1, you are listening to last year’s information; not current year award information. Please call after November 1 to find out how much your benefit will be for the current season.
If all the phone lines are busy the phone will continue to ring. You will not get a busy signal. Please try again later.
Other Programs and Resources
211 – Alaska’s Statewide Agency Hotline. Dial 211, let them know what community you live in and what type of help you are looking for. They will direct you to agencies in your area who can assist.
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