LIHEAP Heating Assistance Eligibility: Assets Test

NOTE: In addition to income, states may look at an applicant households' assets in determining financial eligibility for LIHEAP. Eleven states currently use an assets test. In those states with an assets test, allowable assets range from a high of $15,500 to a low of $1,500. Several states allow higher assets for households with elderly members. States also have different definitions of assets. For more information on variations in assets tests, contact the LIHEAP Clearinghouse.

State FY
Assets Test
Describe
Alabama
2008 No  
Alaska
2009 No  
Arizona
2009 No  
Arkansas
2009 Yes $3,000 assets limit for all households, regardless of size, if at least one member is 60 years or older. $2,000 limit for all other households, regardless of size.
California
2009 No  
Colorado
2009 No  
Connecticut
2009 Yes Liquid assets: $10,000 limit for homeowners, $7,000 for others.
Delaware
2008 No  
District of Columbia
2008 No  
Florida
2008 No  
Georgia
2008 No  
Hawaii
2008 Yes Assets limit is $4,000 per household.
Idaho
2008 No  
Illinois
2009 No  
Indiana
2009 No  
Iowa
2008 No  
Kansas
2008 No  
Kentucky
2009 Yes Eligible applicants may not have liquid resources in excess of $1,500 except when a household member has a catastrophic illness, in which case applicants may have as much as $4,000 in liquid assets if those assets are used for medical and living expenses.
Louisiana
2008 No  
Maine
2009 No  
Maryland
2009 No  
Massachusetts
2009 No  
Michigan
2009 No  
Minnesota
2009 No  
Mississippi
2006 No  
Missouri
2008 Yes Assets limit is $3,000 per household.
Montana
2008 Yes Assets limit for 2008 is $9,378 for a single person household, $14,071 for a 2 person household, add $938 per additional member up to $18,759. In addition, the household may have business assets whose equity value does not exceed $12,500.
Nebraska
2009 Yes Assets limit is $5,000 for a household of any size.
Nevada
2009 No  
New Hampshire
2008 No  
New Jersey
2008 No  
New Mexico
2008 No  
New York
2010 Yes Crisis only: assets limit is $2,000 or $3,000 if the household has a member over 60 years
North Carolina
2009 Yes Assets limit of $2,200.
North Dakota
2008 Yes $10,000 allowed for assets with an additional $5,000 for each household member 60 years and over.
Ohio
2009 No  
Oklahoma
2009 Yes Assets cannot exceed $2,000 for a one person household or $3,000 for a two person household, add $50 for each additional person in the household.
Oregon
2008 No  
Pennsylvania
2008 No  
Rhode Island
2005 No  
South Carolina
2009 No  
South Dakota
2008 No  
Tennessee
2008 No  
Texas
2009 No  
Utah
2009 No  
Vermont
2011 No  
Virginia
2009 No  
Washington
2009 No  
West Virginia
2005 No  
Wisconsin
2009 No  
Wyoming
2008 No  

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