Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program for the Elderly

If you are living in a Central Florida household with at least one resident who is age 60 or older, you may be eligible for energy bill assistance.

The Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program for the Elderly (EHEAP), a 100% federally funded program, helps eligible seniors pay energy bills in an emergency. Through March 31, EHEAP-eligible households can receive up to $3,500 of assistance with multiple energy bills while funds are available.

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 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 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 Can You Apply?