The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income households with fuel bills during the winter. Eligible households receive a grant to help pay their heating bills. Grants are paid directly to the utility or fuel company.
The program generally runs from mid-October thru April. Read more at the Rhode Island Department of Human Services.
LIHEAP is available to individuals and families, whether they own or rent.
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Westbay’s LIHEAP program serves residents of Warwick, West Warwick, East Greenwich, and Coventry. Residents of other towns should contact their local community action agency.
New applicants can now apply through our client portal.
If you are facing increased financial pressures that impact your ability to pay your gas and electric bill, RI Energy may be able to help through its Discount Rate program. If you are a residential customer who receives SNAP, LIHEAP, or SSI, you may qualify for a 25% discount on your monthly gas and electric bill. If you receive Medicaid, Rhode Island Works Program, or Public Assistance, you may qualify for a 30% discount on your monthly gas and electric bill. To prove eligibility for a discounted rate, you must submit a confirmation letter from one of the assistance organizations. Apply online by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or faxing 1-877-388-9077
For more information and to apply online, click here.
If you received a LIHEAP grant last year, you will receive a renewal application in the mail with instructions on how to apply.
Reporting Fraud: Fraud occurs when a person makes false statements and/or misrepresents facts or circumstances to the Rhode Island Department of Human Services to illegally receive benefits. For examples of fraud, click here. If you suspect fraud is taking place, please call the Fraud Unit at 401.574.8175.