Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Notice of Public Hearing

This Notice of Public Hearing advises the public that the South Carolina Office of Economic Opportunity (SC OEO) will be conducting a public hearing virtually at 10 a.m., Thursday, August 17, 2023, to review the proposed 2024 Model State Plans for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Click here to view the draft CSBG Model State Plan and here to view the draft LIHEAP Model State Plan.To attend the virtual public participation meeting,here or call in (audio only) at 1-803-454-9963 and use the phone conference ID: 792 540 018# at the date and time indicated above. Persons desiring to submit comments on the proposed 2024 CSBG and LIHEAP Model State Plans may do so during the virtual hearing or in writing no later than August 25, 2023. Comments may be mailed to the Office of Economic Opportunity at 1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 364 Columbia, SC 29201, or emailed to oeo@admin.sc.gov. All timely written comments submitted by mail or email will be included as part of the official record and considered by SC OEO. For more information, contact the South Carolina Office of Economic Opportunity (803-734-0662).

Program Description

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides home energy assistance to help eligible low-income households meet their home heating and/or cooling needs.

Your Community Action Agency in your county may be able to offer you one or more of the following types of assistance:

  • Utility bill payment assistance
  • Energy crisis assistance
  • Weatherization and energy-related home repairs

(LIHEAP is a block grant funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.)

General Program Requirements

The Community Action Agency in your county determines if your household’s income and/or additional eligibility criteria qualifies you to receive LIHEAP assistance.

Appeals Process

If you feel you were treated unfairly or denied service(s), please notify the Community Action Agency in your county of residence to appeal and request a fair hearing. Your application will be properly reviewed to determine eligibility based on the required documents provided.

If your appeal is further denied by the Community Action Agency, a written appeal may be submitted to e-mail oeo@admin.sc.gov or mailed to:
Office of Economic Opportunity
Attention: Legal Counsel
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 355
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
To learn more visit : https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ocs/faq/liheap-faqs-consumers