The state of Wyoming and federal government funded LIEAP and weatherization program are the primary low income resources for families, elderly, and the disabled. The programs focus on helping people pay their home heating and utility bills from November through June of each year.
Regardless of your power or heating source, whether it is electricity, natural gas, propane, wood, diesel heating oil, pellets, or coal, the Wyoming Low Income Energy Assistance program (LIEAP) can help if you qualify. Even renters can apply for grants or weatherization services.
The application process usually starts in October of each year, and it will normally run until February. All funds and cash grants are paid out on a first come, serve basis, with a focus on senior citizens, young children, and those with disabilities. Those groups can usually apply first.
The LIEAP Crisis Exception program is available for households without heat or who are faced with imminent disconnection of their service. Wyoming applicants need to have their main heating source or a secondary heating source (which may be used to operate the main heating source or used if the main heating source is not working) not operating or completely shut-off. Or the crisis program can help households that have had their power turned off or who have almost run out of their supply of main heating fuel, whether it is natural gas, coal, fuel oil, kerosene, wood, or propane.
Additional money may be available if you have an emergency situation and are in jeopardy of losing your heat. Crisis situations include termination of utility service, broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced, lack of fuel. Or an emergency may be those homeowners who are having utility service terminated (received a notice that service will be shut off within the next 60 days) or are in danger of being without fuel and have less than a 15 day supply. If you want to apply for a Crisis Exception grant, call your local county assistance office or community action agency.
The Regular program is a onetime benefit that is more than likely paid out as a credit on your monthly bill. The application process for this may take a little longer than the crisis program, and individuals need to apply as soon as the window of opportunity opens, which will usually be in October. Dial 1-800-246-4221 for an application to LIHEAP or weatherization, per below.
Weatherization is a program that provides funds to the state of Wyoming to assist low income families, including senior citizens, with the installation of energy conservation materials. The main recipients are low-income elderly and disabled adults and families, and an objective is to help people reduce their dependency on government assistance programs such as LIEAP. All applicants will need to meet low-income eligibility guidelines that are based on conditions set by Wyoming as well as those that are established by federal government poverty guidelines. Activities paid for by weatherization include storm windows, insulation, caulking, and other related activities to reduce home heating bills and energy costs. These updates will greatly enhance home energy efficiency.
The program works with local community action agencies, social service organizations, and energy providers in Wyoming in order to provide free weatherization services to income-qualifying renters and homeowners. Assistance is offered for people living in single-family homes, apartments, or mobile homes. Based on the applicants and their home's needs, a variety of measures can be installed for free. Examples include compact fluorescent light bulbs, insulation of energy-efficiency showerheads, insulation, and more. All of these conservation measures are designed to lower your electric and heating bills while keeping your home comfortable and also safe. Also please note that those customers who are eligible for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) can enroll in this free Wyoming program as well. Call 1-800-246-4221.
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