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Heating Assistance

Need help during the cold winter?

Most Recent HEAP program update May 13, 2024

DCP administers the federal Home Energy Assistance Program, which helps pay home heating costs in Washington and Hancock counties. If you need heating assistance, please call the number below.

HEAP (formerly LiHEAP) benefits are based on income comparisons with federal poverty levels. Please see the income chart below. The guidelines change annually; clients need to reapply every year. HEAP pays a portion of home heating costs. Please see forms at the bottom of the page.

If you do not meet the income standards listed below, please call DCP as there are other ways we can help you.

Please call 1-800-828-7544 or (207)610-5914.

Income Guidelines

Household Size        Monthly Income Limit

  1.                                       $ 2,723
  2.                                       $ 3,560
  3.                                       $ 4,398
  4.                                       $ 5,236
  5.                                       $ 6,074
  6.                                       $ 6,911
  7.                                       $ 7,099
  8.                                       $ 7,226
  9.                                       $ 7,383

If you do not meet the income requirements, there are often other funding sources. Please call M-F 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (207) 610-5914 to learn more about the THAW fund.  

When HEAP benefits run out, a client may be eligible for ECIP. Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) funds supplement HEAP in emergencies.

To qualify for ECIP, you must have:

  • Below 1/4 tank of oil or kerosene
  • 7 days or less supply of wood or wood pellets
  • 25% or below supply of LP gas
  • Electricity soon to be disconnected

    This program can provide a minimum delivery not to exceed $800 in emergency heating assistance for life-threatening situations. You can only receive this once per year, and must be a current and approved HEAP client.

To apply for these programs you must call to make an appointment. Applications can take up to 30 business days to be processed; it's important to call early. Please have the follow documents when you call.

  • Current proof of income for everyone in your household
  • A current electric bill
  • Date of birth and social security cards for everyone in your household
  • Current photo ID for main applicant
  • The name of your energy dealer as well as your account number if you have one.


Once you have an appointment scheduled, refer to this helpful list to ensure you have all the documents you need for your appointment.

Documents & Forms

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DCP Offices

Toll-Free: 800-834-4378

Bucksport Road Office

248 Bucksport Road, Ellsworth, ME 04605
207-664-2424 | Email

Avery Lane Office

18 Avery Lane, PO Box 648 , Ellsworth, ME 04605
207-664-2424 | Email

Machias Office

7 VIP Drive, Machias, ME 04654
207-259-5015 | Email

Calais Office

11 Church Street, Calais, ME 04619
207-664-2424 | Email

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