Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly


The Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program (EHEAEP) is designed to assist and prevent interruption of electric and gas service for low-income households with at least one member aged sixty (60) or older experiencing a heating or cooling emergency. 


Who is Eligible:

Eligible applicants must have a total household income less than 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, and provide a copy of their energy bill. Eligible households may also receive one crisis benefit during the heating season and one crisis benefit during the cooling season. An official past due, shut-off, or delinquency notice is required for a crisis benefit.


Services Available:

Eligible applicants may receive assistance for electric or gas utility bills or electric deposits.



This program is supported with funding from the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) grant, which is distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and administered by the State of Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).


Contact Information:

By appointment only.  

Appointments for Hernando County may be scheduled by calling (352) 251-2313; or, or by accessing the appointment website:  https://app.capappointments.com/

Appointments for Lake and Sumter Counties may be scheduled by calling (352) 793-3114.

Documents needed for assistance include:

  • Valid identification;
  • Social Security cards (for all household members);
  • Proof of income;
  • SNAP (food stamp) Award Letter; and,
  • Lease (if applicable)


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Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Service Locations: Hernando, Lake and Sumter Counties.


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