Individuals and families experiencing a heating or cooling related crisis may apply for assistance through the Crisis Intervention Program (CIP). Applicants can complete a CIP application by mail, email, fax or drop-off at their local DSS. A face-to-face interview is not required at this time. In addition, disconnect notices are not required at this time. Applicants can present a final notice or past due utility bill and must have a health related or life threatening emergency to potentially be eligible for crisis funds. Access the application here. En Espanól aplicar aqui.
The Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) is a Federally funded program that assists individuals and families who are experiencing a heating or cooling related crisis. A household is considered to be in a crisis if it is currently experiencing or is in danger of experiencing a life threatening or health related emergency and sufficient, timely and appropriate assistance is not available from any other source. Life threatening is defined as a household which has no heating or cooling source or has a disconnect notice for their primary heating or cooling service and the health or well being of a household member would be in danger if the heating or cooling crisis was not alleviated. Each household should be evaluated on a case by case basis to determine if there is a heating or cooling crisis.
Applications are taken each year beginning July 1st - June 30th of the following year or until the CIP allocation is exhausted, whichever comes first.
Households that meet the following criteria may be eligible:
- Have at least one U.S. citizen or non-citizen who meets the eligibility criteria
- Meet the income test
- Have an energy related crisis
- Have a utility statement that shows how much is owed to alleviate the crisis
The following chart describes the Crisis Intervention Program Eligibility Requirements.
|Eligibility Requirement||What's Needed||How Often|
|Citizenship/ Eligible Alien||Verification of citizenship/eligible alien status via Immigration and Naturalization Service||At application|
|Social Security Number, when available||Valid social security card or number||At application|
|Heating or Cooling Expense||Copy of bills||At application|
How to Apply
Contact your local Department of Social Services to complete the application process and for additional information on CIP.