Heat Bill Assistance

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Get Help Paying your Heat Bill

HRDC administers Montana’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which provides financial assistance to eligible households to help pay their winter home heating costs, operating October through April. Eligibility is based on the household’s gross income and resources.

Learn how to apply for energy assistance below in the How Can I Enroll or Participate section or fill out an application now.

LIHEAP provides winter heating bill assistance, operating from October through April. Homeowners who qualify for LIEAP may also receive assistance with heat related emergencies such as furnace repairs.

Eligibility is based on the household’s income and resource limits, but everyone is encouraged to apply. Homeowner and renter households may apply during the winter months.

Applications are available at HRDC Offices or online here. Please only complete an application for LIHEAP beginning on October 1. LIHEAP operates through April 30.
LIHEAP payments are usually made directly to the heat source vendor. However, if the household heats with wood or has their heat included in their rent payment, the payment may be paid directly to the household.

Contact Information

Energy Programs Staff
p: 406.587.4486
f: 406.585.3538

State Assistance

Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
p: 833.317.1080

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Ron served as Bozeman’s Assistant City Manager from 1990 to 2008. After retiring, Ron joined our Board in 2011. Ron received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Montana in 1977, and his Masters in Science in Rural, Town, and Regional Planning from the University of Montana in 1987.

During his time with the City of Bozeman, Ron saw the important role that HRDC has played in our community. Ron has seen that HRDC provides necessary social services to assure that all Bozeman residents could obtain housing, food, training, employment and the other necessities of life. He also came to understand that HRDC was always able to respond immediately as new community needs arose. Ron believes that the dedication, hard work, and compassion of HRDC’s staff make it a real honor to serve on the Board.

Ron also serves on the Trails, Open Space and Parks Committee for the City of Bozeman, and as a volunteer with the Red Cross. One of Ron’s favorite activities is walking his beloved dog every day, enjoying many of Bozeman’s trails and parks, like Burke Park, Bozeman Creek, and the Hyalite and Mount Ellis areas. Ron and his wife Claire enjoy spending their days with family, friends, and time outdoors.