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. In partnership with the Department of Elder Affairs, Senior Resource Alliance, and its partner agencies, along with Central Florida utilities, EHEAP-eligible residents can receive up to $2,000 for 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 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?
- The applicant must be age 60 or older. Energy bills do not need to be in the elder’s name to qualify, but he/she will need to provide proof of residence, such as a driver’s license or other identification.
- The home must be located in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, or Brevard counties.
- The applicant must meet the income requirements.
- The applicant must be experiencing a home energy crisis (disconnected, delinquent, or past due).
How Can You Apply?
- For questions, please contact (407) 514-1800.
This program is 100 percent federally funded through a grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).