Energy Test

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 9am. If they are full, try calling back again the next morning, Monday - Thursday.
  • 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. Availability begins in the fall of each calendar year and continues until funds are exhausted.

LIHEAP grants pay for primary types of home heating including: Oil, gas, electricity, kerosene, propane or wood 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

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* 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.

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 "Ways to Apply."

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3) WAYS TO APPLY

  • 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 many households each year, all trying to receive help, so it may take several attempts before you can schedule an appointment.
  • If any household member is 60 years and older, or certifiably disabled, please call 1-800-374-4131, Monday-Thursday, from 6:00pm-8:00pm to schedule your appointment. You can complete your application entirely over the phone and through the mail.

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, or you will need to make photocopies of all of the following documents if you are mailing in your application.

Social Security number verification for all household members. 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

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