What Is Included?
Utility categories eligible for heating/cooling bill assistance include electricity, natural gas, propane, wood/coal, and refillable fuels. Benefits may also be used for:
- Pre-paying energy bills
- Purchasing blankets, portable fans, space heaters, and window air conditioners
- Repairing the existing heating/cooling unit
- Deposits to connect or restore energy
- Late fees and disconnect/reconnect fees
- Charges from a now-closed account previously held by the elder resident
- Payment to a landlord when utility costs are included in rent
- Temporary emergency shelter due to an energy-related crisis
How Do You Qualify?
- Applicants must be age 60 or older and reside in a home located in one of the following counties: Orange, Seminole, Osceola or Brevard.
- Energy bill does not need to be in the elder’s name, but the elder will need to provide proof of residence, such as a driver’s license or other identification.
- Applicants age 60 or older with at least one household member who is receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Social Security (SSI) and/or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) must provide proof of additional benefits, such as an award letter, in addition to documentation of total household income.
- The applicant must be experiencing a home energy crisis (disconnected, delinquent or past due).
How to Apply?
If you are in Brevard County contact: Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation 321-253-4430
If you are in Orange or Osceola County contact: Osceola Council on Aging 407-846-8532
If you are in Seminole County contact: Meals on Wheels, Etc. 407-333-8877
If you are in any other Florida County, call the Statewide Elder Helpline at 1-800-96-elder(3-5337)
For those who are not eligible for EHEAP services, click here or for additional Utility Bill Payment Assistance Agencies.
This program is 100 percent federally funded through a grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).