LIHEAP Application Instructions
Depending on the time of year and nature of application you can apply for the Virginia LIHEAP program during the following dates:
LIHEAP Program Dates
Heating: October 9 - November 9
Cooling: June 15 - August 14
Crisis: November 1 - March 15
Virginia LIHEAP Online Application
You can conveniently apply for the Virginia LIHEAP program online by following this link: www.commonhelp.virginia.gov/access/ (Virginia LIHEAP Online application Portal) this webpage also doubles up as an online screening tool and is pretty useful in determining whether one qualifies for the program.
Virginia LIHEAP Paper Application
You can also apply for the Virginia LIHEAP program by downloading, filling and submitting an application form. Depending on the component you are applying for, you can download and print application forms from this link: www.dss.virginia.gov/benefit/ (Virginia LIHEAP Application Forms). After filling the paper application forms you should mail them to your local Virginia Department of Social Services, these addresses are available on this link: www.dss.virginia.gov/localagency/ (List of Virginia LIHEAP Local Agencies)
Upon successful completion of the application process, you will start enjoying the Virginia LIHEAP program benefits.
In order to be eligible for the Virginia LIHEAP program, applicants need to meet a set of program eligibility requirements. These program eligibility requirements are based on the income, residence and the applicant’s participation in other social service programs.
Virginia LIHEAP -Income Eligibility Requirements
In order to qualify for the Virginia LIHEAP program, applicants must have an income that is less than the specified maximum based on the household as outlined on this link: www.dss.virginia.gov/files/forms/032-03-0824-28-eng.pdf (Virginia LIHEAP income eligibility guidelines). These income calculations are based on the gross household income before tax.
Virginia LIHEAP-Residential Eligibility Requirements
Applicants to the Virginia LIHEAP program must be residents of the locality in which the application is made and US citizens or registered legal aliens.
Heating or Cooling Responsibilities
To qualify for the Virginia LIHEAP program, applicants to the Virginia LIHEAP program must have a direct heating or cooling expense responsibility.