Light Bill Assistance
Several programs can help low-income individuals and families who are unable to pay their utility and gas bill.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides assistance with energy cost. Miami-Dade County receives federal funds administered through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).
The program assists over 22,000 households annually.
If you qualify, you may get a one-time credit of up to $475 towards your light bill. In a crisis, the credit may be as much as $600.
To find out if you qualify for LIHEAP, complete an application and submit it in person at a Community Resource Center or send it by mail.
Eligibility and Requirements:
- The program is for Miami-Dade County residents only.
- The original and a photo copy of energy bill must be submitted.
- Include a photocopy of social security cards for all household members.
- Include a photocopy of identification (Current State of Florida Driver's License or Picture ID).
- Current SNAP
- If you receive Section 8 or Public Housing, bring a copy of your current utility subsidy/allowance.
- Provide proof of income for all household members, for the past 30 days including, but not limited to:
- Current Year Disability and/or SSI Benefit Statement
- Current Year Social Security Benefit Statement
- Consecutive Pay Stubs (weekly 4 stubs and monthly/biweekly 2 stubs)
- Company Letterhead verifying start date, pay rate, frequency of pay and average hours worked per week
- Current Pension Printout
- Current Child Support Verification Printout
- TANF Verification Printout
- Current Worker Compensation Benefits
- Notarized Letter verifying the dollar amount of how much and how often, if someone is assisting you (attach income documentation such as pay stubs for the person assisting you)
- Income self-declaration form. Form is available at our Community Resource Centers.
Note: If necessary, additional documents may be requested upon review of your application in order to determine eligibility or explain current income if insufficient to meet household expenses.
You must also meet poverty level income guidelines in order to qualify.
There are two categories of assistance:
Home Energy Assistance: designed to assist eligible households in meeting the cost of home energy. This is a one-time annual benefit payment: $150.00- $475.00 (once every 12 months.
Energy Crisis Assistance: designed to assist eligible households in resolving a home energy emergency. This benefit is available to eligible households once during the summer cooling season: April through September and once during the winter heating season: October through March. Maximum benefit is $600.00 per season. Available at: All Community Resource Centers.
Care to Share Program
The Florida Power & Light (FPL) Care to Share Program was implemented to provide emergency assistance funds to Miami-Dade County customers experiencing crisis situations. The households are low income and in imminent danger of having their services disconnected and are unable to make payment due to hardship or lack of funds. Applicants are screened for processing at the Community Resource Centers. Eligible applicants can receive a one-time assistance within a 12 month period, up to $600.00. Assistance is based on funding availability. Available at: All Community Resource Centers.
Energy Assistance Program for households with one person aged 60 or older
This program provides energy assistance to low-income households, with at least one person aged 60 and older, during a home energy emergency. A home energy emergency may result from a delinquent utility bill or the receipt of a disconnection notice. If your local Community Resource Center does not provide this type of service, please inquire about LIHEAP or the Care to Share Program.