In South Carolina, LIHEAP is administered through the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO). LIHEAP programs are administered through a network of fifteen community actions agencies that provide LIHEAP Energy Assistance to eligible low-income households for all 46 counties. The LIHEAP Program Year operates from January 1 through December 31.
Income eligibility for all LIHEAP assistance under this plan will be limited to households whose total monthly gross income does not exceed 150% of the Poverty Income Guidelines published in the Federal Register by the Department of Health and Human Services. LIHEAP is a block grant federally funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The LIHEAP grant is administered from January through December each year. Individuals in need of heating and/or cooling assistant may contact Carolina Community Actions, Inc. in Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, York and Union Counties to provide some relief.
The goals of the LIHEAP are:
- Expand outreach in one or more vulnerable household categories
- Target energy assistance to eligible households with the highest energy needs and lowest income
- Expand outreach to previously unserved households (never served or not served in the current year
- Increase efficiency of energy usage by applicant households, and
- Address efficient home heating cooling systems through repairs and/replacement.
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Emergency Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) for Heating and/or Cooling
- A termination notice does not always constitute an emergency. (Unemployed “employable” applicants that refuse to seek employment or participate in a case management plan. LIHEAP funds may be used to provide services (needs assessment and counseling) that encourage and enable households to reduce home energy need for energy assistance.
- Rent eviction notice (household cannot afford to pay both rent and utility, but with energy assistance could sustain housing/rental)
- Cooling or heating necessity due to adverse effects of extreme temperatures.
- Burn-out (needs financial assistance to establish home energy in new or temporary residence.
- Job loss, illness, or death of primary income provider
- No electricity at current residence