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Citrus County Housing Services to offer assistance with Utility Payments

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on March 9, 2020

Citrus County Housing Services will accept energy assistance applications on a walk-in basis for TWO DAYS ONLY, Monday, March 16 and Monday, March 30, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm at the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Ct., Lecanto FL 34461.

All applicants MUST be checked in by 2 pm. Ordinarily, applications for LIHEAP are accepted by appointment only due to the demand for assistance.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income families with home heating and cooling costs. LIHEAP is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and has been established to help qualifying low-income homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs.

LIHEAP is not designed to pay a household’s total energy costs, but to provide supplemental assistance.

LIHEAP provides two types of Assistance: Crisis and Regular.

Households may apply for Crisis Assistance once a year and can receive up to $600 for a crisis. Households must be delinquent in paying their utility bill, received a shut-off notice, be without power, or require a deposit in order to qualify for a crisis. If the household has received this assistance in the past year they are not eligible for Crisis Assistance.

Households may also apply for Regular Assistance once a year for a current bill. The benefit range is $150-$300 per household depending on family size and income. If the household has received this assistance in the past year they are not eligible for regular assistance.

Eligibility for participation in LIHEAP is established according to the federal income guidelines and participants must be at or below 150% of poverty level. Maximum annual income for a household of one (1) is $18,735, two (2) is $25,365, three (3) is $31,995, four (4) is $38,625 and five (5) is $45,255. (Add $6,630 for each additional person in the household.)

Citrus County Housing Services will offer walk-in Assistance with Utility Payments

Applicants must bring the following items (that apply to the household) in order to be served: photo ID (government-issued) for applicant and household members 18 years and over, Social Security cards for EVERYONE in the household, food stamp card (if applicable) and most recent utility bill (current, past due or shut-off notice and utility bills must be in the household member’s name), proof of income for all household members’ (one-month current & consecutive). 

Income documentation may include paystubs, 2020 Social Security benefits award letter, VA benefit letter, child support award letter, TANF award letter, retirement/pension/trust letter, unemployment letter, or a statement from family/friends that assist with living expenses on a monthly basis. Bank statements are NOT acceptable as proof of income.

In cases where a deposit to activate service is needed, a signed lease from the landlord, a deposit letter (SECO/WREC) and an account number from the power company are necessary. Additionally, Duke Energy requires the last four digits of the Social Security number of the account holder.


Future appointments may be made by calling (855) 806-9648. For more information please call (352) 527-7520. Any person who requires a special accommodation (ADA) must provide at least 72-hour notice.

Si necesita un traductor de español por favor haga arreglos con el Condado dentro de dos días de la notificación de la publicación (352) 527-5370.


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