What is HEAT?
The HEAT program provides home energy assistance to low-income households targeting those who are truly vulnerable, particularly families with preschool-age children, disabled and elderly persons. In a crisis situation, such as loss of job or medical emergency, clients may apply to the CRISIS Program.
The HEAT Program is a one-time payment to help low income clients with utility bills during a HEAT season. The average benefit payment in FY2015 was $383. Clients are referred to the HEAT program by utilities companies, posters displayed by HEAT at various locations, and Information 211. Clients must fall into the Federal Poverty Guidelines and must re-apply every season .
CRISIS is a once every two year assistance or every three years for habitual CRISIS clients. CRISIS clients must also fall into Federal Poverty Guidelines and must be approved by a Supervisor or assistant Supervisor. The number or households served in FY 2015 was 3,386.
HEAT applications are only taken during the period of November 1 through April 30 (Beaver, Garfield, Iron, and Kane Counties) or November 1 through September 30 (Washington County) – or until federal funds are exhausted.
Each household can only receive HEAT assistance ONCE during this time period.
HEAT benefits are a ONE-TIME payment ONLY and will NOT cover your entire winter heating costs.
Therefore, it is important that each household do all they can to keep utility bills current.
Am I Eligible?
Any household in Utah is eligible if:
- Your total household income is not more than the maximum monthly amount for your household size (125% of Federal Poverty Level). Note: Only the month’s income PRIOR to the month you apply will be counted. For example, if you apply in December, eligibility is determined by November’s income.
- Your household is at least partly responsible for home heating costs either by paying directly to a utility or fuel supplier, or as part of your rent. Benefits are available to all eligible persons regardless of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, or political belief.
When and How to Apply:
- Locate the HEAT Office in your county by calling the number listed below. Offices are open during the HEAT season (November 1 ,2007 – April 30, 2008).
- Please call for an appointment.
|Iron County||(435) 586-0858|
|Kane County||(435) 644-3803|
|Washington County||(435) 652-9643|
- Make an appointment and keep the scheduled day and time.
- If you are unable to apply in person due to health reasons, it may be possible to send someone to your home or mail you an application.
IMPORTANT: When calling your area HEAT office, please let them know of your special circumstances.
- Complete and sign a HEAT application.
Bring all Necessary Documentation Including:
- Identification: Current Driver’s License or State issued ID card.
- Social Security cards for yourself and all persons in your household who are age 18 and older.
- A copy of your most recent and active utility bills from each utility supplier (i.e. both gas and electric)
- Proof of ALL income received by all household members in the month prior to the month your appointment is in. (or in the month prior to the date of the application.)
- Proof of medical expenses you paid out in the month prior to the month your appointment is in.
- Proof of any child support and/or alimony you paid out in the month prior to the month of your appointment.
- Proof of disability.
- Proof of age of a child in the home age five (5) and under. (Birth certificate, blessings certificate, etc.)
- Additional documentation may be required.
What is the Benefit Amount?
Each household’s benefits are calculated individually.
Amounts are determined by three main factors:
- Family Size and Federal Poverty Level.
- Energy Burden (high heating / cooling bills)
- At-risk Groups:
- Children under six (6) years of age
If you have questions on the HEAT Program contact:
HEAT Program Supervisor
168 N 100 E.; Suite # 201
St. George, Utah 84770
Phone: 435-652-9643 Fax: 435-652-8008