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Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
 
  1. What is the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)?
  2. Who can get help from the Low Income Energy Assistance Program?
  3. What expenses does Energy Assistance help with?
  4. How do I get an application?
  5. What else do I have to provide to apply for Energy Assistance?
  6. Can I apply for Energy Assistance if I am behind on my heat payments or my heat has already been shut off?
  7. Once I have applied for Energy Assistance, can I stop paying my heating bill?
  8. To get help from the Energy Assistance Program, does it matter how long I have lived in South Dakota?
  9. Are there any resource limits for the Energy Assistance Program?
  10. What is Energy Crisis Intervention assistance?
  11. What is the Weatherization Assistance Program?

1. What is the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)?
LIEAP helps low-income South Dakotans pay for home heating costs.  Click here to visit the South Dakota Department of Social Services LIEAP Web site.   

2. Who can get help from the Low Income Energy Assistance Program?
Energy assistance funds are distributed on a first-come basis. Eligibility and assistance amounts are based on the number of people in your home, income of everyone in your home, type and cost of heating and where you live. You must be responsible for paying home heating costs directly to a vendor, landlord or as part of your rent. If you are eligible, the payment is made to your energy supplier.

3. What expenses does Energy Assistance help with?
If you are responsible for paying your heat costs directly to an energy supplier, Energy Assistance can help:

• For natural gas and electric heat, the amount of energy assistance you are approved for will be applied to unpaid heating charges from regular meter reading dates from October 1 through May 15.

• For propane and fuel oil, the amount of energy assistance you are approved for will be applied to unpaid heating charges resulting from fills occurring July 1 through April 30.

You may also be eligible for energy assistance if heat is included in the cost of your rent or you pay your heating costs directly to your landlord in addition to the cost of your rent.

NOTE: Heating Assistance CANNOT be used:

  • to pay heating bills for non-residential buildings such as a shop or business;
  • to fill extra storage tanks;
  • as a “credit” for fuel to be delivered after April 30;
  • or to reimburse a heating bill or expense already paid.

4. How do I get an application?

Click here to download an Energy Assistance Weatherization Application to apply for LIEAP. If you need help with the application, or would like a hard copy mailed to you, call the office of Energy Assistance at 1-800-233-8503. Hearing Impaired TTY# 1-800-325-0778.

Applications are also available at all local Department of Social Services Field offices. Click here for a list of those field offices. 

Once you have completed the application, print and sign it. Send the completed application to:

South Dakota Department of Social Services
Office of Energy Assistance
206 W. Missouri Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501-4517

To apply for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program you must be a South Dakota household and complete an application form. 

5. What else do I have to provide to apply for Energy Assistance?
Anyone over 18 who lives in the home must provide proof of all gross income for the prior three months. Examples of needed proof are:

  • copies of check stubs,
  • 1040 federal tax form (for self-employment only),
  • other proof of other income including Social Security, unemployment, insurance, pension funds, disability payments, etc.).

If you paid child support, that can be deducted when calculating your income eligibility, so you will need to provide proof of child support paid in the past three months. You must also send a copy of your most recent heating or electric bill (if you have electric heat). You must say if you have received any other help paying for your heat this winter.

Be sure everyone over 18 signs and dates the application and include all required information, or your application will not be accepted.

6. Can I apply for Energy Assistance if I am behind on my heat payments or my heat has already been shut off?
Yes. If you are behind on your payments or have already had your heat shut off, be sure to tell your Energy Assistance Eligibility office when you apply. (See the question below telling about the Energy Crisis Intervention Program.)

7. Once I have applied for Energy Assistance, can I stop paying my heating bill?
No. You must keep paying your heating bill. If you cannot afford to pay, call your heating company and arrange a payment plan. Otherwise your heat may be turned off. Even with Energy Assistance, you still must pay part of the heating bill. The Energy Assistance Program only pays the heat portion of your bill; other charges such as water, sewer, garbage, etc. are your responsibility.

8. To get help from the Energy Assistance Program, does it matter how long I have lived in South Dakota?
No, but yours must be a current South Dakota household.

9. Are there any resource limits for the Energy Assistance Program?
No. (Resources are money in a checking or savings account or any other items of value that you own.)

10. What is Energy Crisis Intervention assistance?
You may qualify for Energy Crisis Intervention assistance if you have not already been approved to receive heating assistance and are in a crisis situation, such as:

  • Have a shut-off or disconnection scheduled to occur between October 1 and March 15;
  • Are required to pay cash-on-delivery and have an empty or near empty fuel tank (less than 20 percent) or;
  • Have an eviction notice for non-payment if heat is included in the rent.

TO REQUEST Emergency Crisis Intervention, CALL 1-800-233-8503.

  • You have been approved for the Energy Assistance Program, and
  • You have a furnace that has either quit working or is not working properly, and
  • You own your home.

TO REQUEST FURNACE REPAIR, CALL YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY. If you call after office hours or on a weekend, leave a message on the answering machine stating:

If you call after office hours or on a weekend, leave a message on the answering machine stating:

  • NAME
  • DATE OF BIRTH
  • TELEPHONE NUMBER
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE EMERGENCY

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION    

Inter-Lakes Community Action
PO Box 268, Madison  SD 57042-0268
Phone: (605) 256-6518 or 1-800-896-4105
Fax: (605) 256-2238
Counties Served: Brookings, Clark, Codington, Deuel, Grant, Hamlin, Kingsbury, Lake, McCook, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody.

Northeast South Dakota Community Action
104 Ash St E, Sisseton  SD 57262-1551
Phone: (605) 698-7654 or 1-800-245-3895
Fax: (605) 698-3038
Counties Served: Beadle, Brown, Campbell, Day, Edmunds, Faulk, Hand, Hughes, Hyde, McPherson, Marshall, Potter, Roberts, Spink, Stanley, Sully, Walworth.

Rural Office of Community Services
PO Box 70, Lake Andes  SD 57356-0070
Phone: (605) 487-7634 or 1-800-793-3290
Fax: (605) 487-7883 
Counties Served: Aurora, Bon Homme, Brule, Buffalo, Charles Mix, Clay, Davison, Douglas, Gregory, Hanson, Hutchinson, Jerauld, Jones, Lincoln, Lyman, Mellette, Sanborn, Todd, Tripp, Turner, Yankton, Union.

Western South Dakota Community Action
1844 Lombardy Drive, Rapid City  SD 57701-4130
Phone: (605) 348-1460 or 1-800-327-1703
Fax: (605) 348-8440
Counties Served: Bennett, Butte, Corson, Custer, Dewey, Fall River, Haakon, Harding, Jackson, Lawrence, Meade, Perkins, Shannon, Pennington, Ziebach.

11. What is the Weatherization Assistance Program?

WHAT IS WEATHERIZATION?

The weatherization program is designed to help low income households overcome the high cost of energy by making their homes more energy efficient. Priority is given to households with elderly and handicapped individuals and to families with small children. The local community action agency is responsible for the weatherization program and if you are selected, they will perform an energy evaluation to determine your home’s weatherization needs.