Energy Assistance

Let Hopelink Help You With Your Home Heating Costs

Need help paying your heating bill?

  • Up to $1,000 is available.
  • You don’t have to be behind on your bill to get help.
  • Call 1-800-348-7144 to schedule an appointment.

Appointments are opened Monday - Thursday at 9:00am.

Please note that during our peak months, October through January, we have extremely high call volumes. If you are unable to get an appointment, try calling back the next Monday through Thursday morning at 9:00am.

Appointments can be completed in person, or done over the phone and through the mail.

You may qualify if you live in Hopelink’s service area and meet the income guidelines. Continue reading to find out more information on your eligibility.


ABOUT THE PROGRAM

If you need financial assistance to pay for your home heating bills and live within Hopelink’s service area, Hopelink can help.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Puget Sound Energy provide funding for grants that range from $25–$1,000 each season. Our season begins the fall of each calendar year and continues until funds are exhausted. LIHEAP grants can pay for all primary types of home heating, including Electricity, Gas, Oil, Propane and Wood. Separate PSE grants are also available to eligible PSE customers.


ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?

1) DETERMINE YOUR SERVICE AREA

You must live within one of the following zip codes in order to qualify for Energy Assistance through Hopelink. If you live within the following zip codes, please proceed to "Income Eligibility."

98004
98005
98288
98012**
98077**
98006
98007
98224
98072
98155
98008
98009
98065
98015
98039
98045
98160
98028
98040
98056 +
98050
98027
98073
98059 +
98133*
98053
98033
98019
98052
98075
98034
98011
98024
98177*
98014
98074
98029
*North of NE 145th St
**King County Only
+ Outside Renton City Limits

* If you do not live in any of these zip codes, you may be served by Multi-Service Center (south of Seattle) or Centerstone (Seattle city limits). Please contact them for more information.

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2) DETERMINE YOUR INCOME ELIGIBILITY

Your household must net the following amount or less for the previous three months in order to qualify for Energy Assistance.





Household Size
LIHEAP
(125% of the poverty line)
Monthly Income
(After Taxes if applicable)
PSE
(150% of the poverty line)
Monthly Income
(After Taxes if applicable)
1 $1,226 $1,471
2 $1,659 $1,991
3 $2,093 $2,511
4 $2,526 $3,031
5 $2,959 $3,551
6 $3,393 $4,071
7 $3,826 $4,591
8 $4,259 $4,929
9 $4,693 $5,229
10 $5,126 $5,529

If your household income qualifies for Energy Assistance, please proceed to "Schedule An Appointment."

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3) SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

Schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-348-7144. New appointments are added Monday through Thursday at 9:00am. Please keep in mind that we serve a large number of households each year and demand is very high during the winter months. It may take several attempts before you can schedule an appointment. Our funding typically lasts into early summer at minimum.

Once you have determined how you will apply, please proceed to "What Documentation To Bring."

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4) WHAT DOCUMENTATION TO BRING

You will need to bring the following documents to your appointment. If you are completing your application over the phone, you will need to make photocopies of all of the following documents to mail in your application.

Social Security number verification for all household members. This year, clients who have never been issued a Social Security number may still apply.


Items that may include a Social Security number are:
  • Social Security card
  • Medical, legal, tax, or education documents that display your name and the full Social Security number

Verification of all children living in the household.

Acceptable verifications include:
  • Medical coupons or cards
  • Birth certificates
  • Social Security cards
  • School IDs

Photo IDs for all household members age 18 and over.

Verification of Income for all household members 18 years and older for the three months prior to your appointment (not including the month you apply). Income documents include:

  • All paystubs
        Please note we go by the pay date not the pay period.
  • Child support
        Please provide documents or a signed statement from the payor.
  • COPES/ SSPS     
    For any household member who COPSE/SSPS in any of the previous 3 calendar months please print and sign a copy of our COPES and Child Care Income Verification Form
  • GAU, TANF, SSI and/or Social Security
        Please provide a current award letter.
  • No income     
    For any member who did not receive income in any of the previous 3 calendar months please print and sign a copy of our Declaration of No-Income form (with link to download)
  • Pension, Retirement and/or Annuities     
    Please provide a current award letter or paystub.
  • Self-Employed
        Business ledgers and receipts for all expenses.
  • Unemployment     
    For any household member who receives Unemployment in any of the previous 3 calendar months please print and sign a copy of our Employment Securities Form

Recent heating bill with your current residence address.

2nd Proof of Address if your name is not on the bill.
Some examples are:

  • Phone bill
  • Subsidized housing calculation worksheet
  • Lease agreement or rent receipt
  • Mortgage or tax statement if you are a homeowner

Files for download (pdf):

Unemployment Request for Records

COPES and Child Care income Verification Form

Declaration of No-Income

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