Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

LIHEAP is now accepting applications for 2016-2017.

This program is designed to provide a one-time heating assistance payment for citizens living in the service area to help with high-energy costs during the winter months. Income eligible citizens will receive a one-time payment, paid directly to the energy provider, to the maximum amount they are eligible for under the guidelines. These payments will be made on a first come first serve basis. In addition, shut-off notices will be paid in the same manner, on a one-time basis, to the maximum amount available through program funding.

Need Help with Winter Heating Bills?

The program assists citizens living within the ten-county service area: LaPorte, St. Joseph, Elkhart, Starke, Marshall and Kosciusko counties in Indiana; and Cass, Berrien, Allegan, and Van Buren counties in Michigan. Note for FY2016: applicants are not able to access both tribal and state LIHEAP. A cross-check will be completed to determine eligibility.

To apply, fill out the application below and submit it to the Social Services office at 58620 Sink Road, Dowagiac. You may also fax information to (269) 782-4295.

Please provide your heating bill, your tribal ID, social security cards for all household members, and proof of all household income with:

  1. Proof of last 30 days of income, including per capita, and/or
  2. Award letters from SSI, RSDI, Elder’s Stipend, VA, etc., and/or
  3. Child support received or paid, or
  4. Completion of a zero income form, if those above do not apply.

Income Guidelines

Household Size Income Limit  
1 $22,900 $24,248
2 $29,946 $31,709
3 $36,992 $39,170
4 $44,038 $46,631
5 $51,084 $54,092
6 $58,130 $61,553


LIHEAP Application 2016-201764.75 KB