• One-time assistance to resolve the household's crisis for the next 30 days. The following caps shall apply during the 2017–18 program year:
  • Up to $850 for natural gas, wood, and others
  • Up to $850 for electricity, and...
  • Up to $1,200 for deliverable fuels limited to LP gas/propane, fuel oil, and coal.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Account must be residential (not a commercial account)
  • Accounts must have a past due balance (usage arrears)
    • The following do not qualify as usage arrears: cooking gas, bankruptcy, unauthorized or illegal usage, utility/energy provider late fees, utility/energy provider unregulated services (appliance repair)
  • Utility service must be active
  • Account must be in applicant's name. If the account is not in the applicant's name, the applicant must provide
    • a written explanation as to why the responsible party listed on the utility bill is not the one applying for MEAP assistance
    • proof of ID that matches the address on the utility bill
    • all documents required to process the application
  • Applicant must pay unauthorized usage charges and security fees

Income Requirements

Eligible households must be at or below 150% FPL. The following 2017 guidelines for monthly household income will be in effect:

Household Size Monthly Income
1 1,507.50
2 2,030.00
3 2,552.50
4 3,075.00
5 3,597.50
6 4,120.00
7 4,642.50
8 5,165.00

For each additional household member, add $522.50.