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Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)




The Maine State Housing Authority offers The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), which helps qualified homeowners and renters pay for heating costs. Benefits include help paying for fuel and emergency fuel delivery. You can also qualify for energy-related repairs if you are eligible for HEAP.

Who’s eligible for help?

Qualifications for the HEAP program have recently changed. The amount of help you may receive from HEAP is based on your household size, income, and energy costs. Contact your local CAA to find out if you qualify today!

The amount of help you may get from HEAP is based on your household size, income, and energy costs. You may still apply for HEAP even if heat is part of your rent.

Click here or visit to review the Income Eligibility Guidelines.

 Click Here or visit to review program forms.  Click on the QUICKLINKS drop down box for all available forms and information 

How do I apply?

You apply at your local Community Action Agency (CAA). You can find your local CAA here. It is important to call as soon as you can because appointments fill up fast.

You can apply for HEAP August 23, 2021 through July 15, 2022. 

You can apply for emergency fuel help November 1, 2021 through April 30, 2022.



We want anyone who needs help to apply. It is best to talk to someone at your CAA because there are many factors that go in to finding out if you are eligible. You can click here to see if you meet the basic income guidelines.

However, there are many adjustments to your income that are made through the application process. Apply even if you are over income limits


Find your local Community Action Agency here and schedule an appointment. You can also apply over the phone.


You will need certain documents to apply. This list may not include everything so make sure you ask your CAA what to bring.

  • Names and Social Security numbers of everyone living in your household
  • Proof of gross household income for the last 3 or 12 months. Household income includes, but is not limited to:
    • Wages
    • Social Security
    • Unemployment
    • Pension
    • Disability payments
  • Proof of present address (rent receipt, lease, property tax bill, etc.)
  • Recent copy of your electric bill
  • The type of fuel used to heat your home

2021 - 2022 Income Eligibility Guidelines - HEAP

 Maximum gross household income is based on the number of people in the household.

For households with more than 10 persons, contact your Community Action Agency (CAA) for eligibility guidelines. 
Other program guidelines and requirements may apply - your CAA will provide you with all the details.

If you pay court ordered child support, you may be able to deduct the amounts paid from your household's income.
If your household income is over the HEAP income guidelines, you may be able to deduct a portion of the amount you paid for medical expenses.

Poverty Level

Household Size