Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

The program provides financial assistance to income and program-eligible house holds to help address energy costs.  HEAP benefits are based on a percentage of federal poverty levels and the guidelines change each year so clients need to reapply each year. HEAP pays a portion of home heating costs but not all.  Please note:  Applicants must submit the documents listed in order to get their application to be submitted.  Failure to produce the documents at your appointment will result in a delay in processing.  Click here for lists.


Income Guidelines

Maximum gross household income is based on the number of people in the household.  For households with more than 10 persons, contact the Aroostook County Action Program (ACAP) for eligibility guidelines.  Other program guidelines and requirements may apply.  ACAP will provide you with all of the details.

If you pay court ordered child support, you may be able to deduct the amounts paid from your household's income.  If your household income is over the HEAP income guidelines, you may be able to deduct a portion of the amount you paid for medical expenses.

 Income Level  Household Size         
   1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10
 1 MONTH  $2,218   $2,900  $3,582  $4,265  $4,947  $5,629   $5,757  $5,885  $6,103  $6,534
 3 MONTHS  $6,653  $8,700  $10,747  $12,794  $14,841  $16,888  $17,272  $17,656  $18,040  $19,601
 12 MONTHS  $26,612  $34,800  $42,988  $51,176  $59,364  $67,552  $69,088  $70,623  $72,158  $78,405


When HEAP benefits run out, a client may be eligible for ECIP. Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) funds supplement HEAP in emergencies.

To qualify for ECIP the household must be below 1/8 tank of oil or about to be disconnected. This program can provide a minimum delivery not exceed $400 of emergency heating assistance in life threatening situations. You can only receive this once a year, and must be a current, approved HEAP client. 

Emergency Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP)

A Household may be eligible for ECIP if a Household member's health and safety is threatened by an Energy or Life Threatening Crisis and if the Household does not have the financial means to avert the energy crisis.  To qualify for ECIP the household must be below 1/8 tank of oil or about to be disconnected. This program can provide a minimum delivery not exceed $400 of emergency heating assistance in life threatening situations. You can only receive this once a year, and must be a current, approved HEAP client. 

There is a limited number of ECIP requests that can be fulfilled each day.  If all slots are filled, you will have to call back the next to request the ECIP benefit.

In order to receive and ECIP Benefit, the Household must make an appointment with ACAP and fill out the required HEAP paperwork.  ECIP cannot be granted over the phone or without the paperwork qualifying the Household as eligible.  Do not wait until the last minute to book your appointment for HEAP benefits.

 

Proof Needed for Appointments

 

Subsidized with Heat included:

  • Unexpired Photo ID for Primary Applicant  (The person who is signing the documents.)
  • Social Security Cards (or acceptable proof for it) for everyone in the household
  • Current light bill if responsible for paying for lights (even if it is not in your name)
  • Current HUD Recertification paperwork

 

Subsidized who pay own heat:

  • Unexpired Photo ID for Primary Applicant  (The person who is signing the documents.)
  • Social Security Cards (or acceptable proof for it) for everyone in the household
  • Current light bill if responsible for paying for lights (even if it is not in your name)
  • Proof of all income for entire household for the 3 or 12 months prior to the month of the appointment.
  • Fuel vendor name, account number, and name on the account (It must be in a household member's name.)

 

Rent with Heat included:

  • Unexpired Photo ID for Primary Applicant  (The person who is signing the documents.)
  • Social Security Cards (or acceptable proof for it) for everyone in the household
  • Current light bill if responsible for paying for lights (even if it is not in your name)
  • Name, address, and phone number of your landlord
  • Proof of all gross income for entire household for the 3 or 12 months prior to the month of the appointment.

 

Rent:

 

  • Unexpired Photo ID for Primary Applicant  (The person who is signing the documents.)
  • Social Security Cards (or acceptable proof for it) for everyone in the household
  • Current light bill if responsible for paying for lights (even if it is not in your name)
  • Name, address, and phone number of your landlord
  • Proof of all gross income for entire household for the 3 or 12 months prior to the month of the appointment.
  • Fuel vendor name, account number, and name on the account (It must be in a household member's name.)

 

Own

  • Unexpired Photo ID for Primary Applicant  (The person who is signing the documents.)
  • Social Security Cards (or acceptable proof for it) for everyone in the household
  • Current light bill if responsible for paying for lights (even if it is not in your name)
  • Proof of all gross income for entire household for the 3 or 12 months prior to the month of the appointment.
  • Fuel vendor name, account number, and name on the account (It must be in a household member's name.)

 

Roomer/Boarder:  (usually aren't responsible for heat or lights) 

  • Unexpired Photo ID for Primary Applicant  (The person who is signing the documents.)
  • Social Security Cards (or acceptable proof for it) for everyone in the household
  • Current light bill if responsible for paying for lights (even if it is not in your name)
  • Proof of all gross income for entire household for the 3 or 12 months prior to the month of the appointment.
  • Rental receipts for the prior 60 days

 

ACAP HEAP Program Contact Information


Phone:  (207) 768-3053 or 1-800-432-7881
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