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Get Help With Your Utility Bills

DOEE assists eligible low-income District households with energy costs associated with heating and cooling through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Eligible households may receive assistance towards their energy bill between $250 and $1,500 as a one-time regular energy assistance benefit. The regular energy assistance benefit is based on household size, total household income, heating source, and type of dwelling.

An emergency energy assistance benefit is available to low-income District residents who are currently disconnected from electric or gas service, or have a depleted supply of home heating oil.

ADVISORY:  If you are not disconnected from energy service, an appointments is required in order to receive in-person assistance. DOEE’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is open to new applicants for the current fiscal year (October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016).

Additionally, residents may apply for the Utility Discount Program in order to receive a reduced rate on their utility costs. To learn more, please visit the Utility Discount Program.

Appointments are now required for in-person assistance, unless energy service has been disconnected.

How to apply in-person:

Emergency Assistance (your energy service has been disconnected or home heating oil is depleted):

  1. Check the income guidelines below to verify income eligibility
  2. Visit one of DOEE’s Energy Centers (location details are found below)

Regular Assistance (your energy service has not been disconnected):

  1. Check the income guidelines below to verify income eligibility
  2. Call 311 to schedule an appointment at one of DOEE’s Energy Centers (location details are found below)

Bring the following documents with you to receive energy assistance:

  • Your service disconnection notice or a letter from the utility company that states the service has been disconnected (if applicable);
  • Your most recent utility bills (or a copy);
  • A government-issued photo ID;
  • Proof of income for everyone in your home who receives income; and
  • Social Security cards for everyone in your home.

How to apply online:

Office Locations


1207 Taylor St., NW
Washington, DC 20011

  • Bilingual (Spanish) staff on site
  • ADA Compliance
  • Interpreter services Available
  • Serving Wards 1,2,3,4, 5 & 6

2100 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20020

  • Interpreter services Available
  • ADA Compliance
  • Serving Wards 6,7, & 8

Income Guidelines for FY 2016 (Beginning October 1, 2015)

Household Size Maximum Annual Income
1 $26,144
2 $34,188
3 $42,232
4 $50,276
5 $58,320
6 $66,364
7 $67,873
8 $69,381

For family units of more than 8 members, add $1,508.

Income Guidelines for FY 2017 (Beginning October 1, 2016)

Household Size Maximum Annual Income
1 $30,776
2 $40,245
3 $49,715
4 $59,184
5 $68,653
6 $78,123
7 $79,898
8 $81,674

Application Forms and More Information

- If you disagree with DOEE's decision on your LIHEAP application, please see your appeal rights.

For more information, please contact the DOEE Energy Office by calling 311.

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