The Community Services Bureau operates several programs designed to help low-income people cope with the financial burden of high energy bills. These programs include the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program’s (LIHEAP) Housing and Energy Assistance and Weatherization programs, and the Department of Energy (DOE) Weatherization program.
The LIHEAP program provides financial assistance for energy bills for people whose income is below 100% of Federal Poverty guidelines. This includes immediate financial assistance with 48 hour shut-off notices, energy education, and budget counseling services. Households applying for DOE and LIHEAP may also receive free weatherization and energy reduction services for their homes. Weatherization includes the installation of insulation and other energy saving measures that will reduce the loss of energy from the home, thus reducing monthly energy bills.
Stay Healthy in Your Home
Energy assistance is important to all that receive it, but more so for seniors, children and disabled people. These people are especially at risk for life threatening illness or death if their home is too cold in the winter or too hot in the summer.
Be Safe in Your Home
You can face safety risks if you are unable to pay your home energy bills. Some people resort to unsage methods to keep their homes warm or cool. These include the use of fireplaces, stoves, improperly vented portable heaters, barbecue grills, or overloading electrical circuits. These methods are not only fire hazards, but also create the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Be Energy Smart in Your Home
There are many things to learn to do in your home that will help reduce the cost of energy. We offer special classes to the public throughout the county on how to reduce home energy costs and become energy smart.
What kinds of Assistance Does LIHEAP Provide?
The County’s LIHEAP program may be able to offer you one or more of the following types of assistance:
- Bill payment assistance
- Energy and budget reduction
- Energy crisis assistance
- Weatherization and energy-related home repairs
- How to Live on a Budget
- Energy Saving Tips
You must complete an application for services with Contra Costa County Community Service Bureau. CCC residents only may apply in this county, however there is a HEAP office in every county across California. Completed application packets can be mailed, faxed or dropped off at the following location:
Contra Costa County- Home Energy & Water Assistance Program
1470 Civic Court, Suite 200
Concord, CA 94520