Energy Assistance

The federally funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps households pay the cost of home energy. The program is not designed to pay for all heating costs.

Homeowners and renters, at 200% of federal poverty guidelines, can apply.


To participate, all new applicants must make an appointment with Catholic Charities between July and March of each year for a personal interview. It is important to make your appointment early, and keep your scheduled appointment in order for you to get help. Prior year LIHEAP applicants may still call to make an appointment, but you may also mail, fax or drop off your LIHEAP heating application and required documents at the local office drop box (see “LIHEAP Assistance” below).

All heating and cooling sources, including electricity, gas, oil, kerosene, wood, propane, natural gas, and coal are eligible. To see if your family income falls within the program guidelines, click here.

LIHEAP Assistance

Click here to download a LIHEAP application.* Once complete, submit via mail, fax or in-person at the local drop box (see attached form for details). Make sure you include the required documents listed on page 2 of the cover memo on the LIHEAP application.

Catholic Charities will call you to schedule a telephone or curbside appointment in order to validate you have submitted all of the necessary documents and information before your LIHEAP intake is finalized. Please keep in mind, during the Public Health State of Emergency Catholic Charities offices have restricted access to the public.

ASSIST is a website that allows individuals and community-based organizations access to screen and apply for a broad range of social service programs. Click here for more information.

For more information, please contact the Catholic Charities location nearest you.

New Castle County Office
2601 W 4th Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19805
302-654-9295; Fax 302-654-9757

Kent County Office
2099 S DuPont Highway
Dover, Delaware 19901
302-674-1782; Fax 302-531-0850

Sussex County Office
404 S Bedford Street, Suite 9
Georgetown, Delaware 19947
302-856-6310; Fax: 302-856-6332

Click here to send an email for more information. 2021 LIHEAP heating applications and required documents may only be mailed, faxed, or dropped off at one of the Catholic Charities offices listed above.

Click here for a list of documents needed for your first application.

*Click here to download Acrobat Reader for mobile app.

You can also call the Delaware Helpline at 211 or 800-464-HELP (800-464-4357),
or contact your local State Service Center.

To report cases of suspected waste, fraud and abuse, click here.