Food Supplements and Subsidized Housing

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People who live in Subsidized Housing with heat included in their rent may be eligible for extra Food Supplement Benefits (FS).  Here’s how.

If you live in subsidized housing you may still get help from the Low Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP), even if your heat is included in your rent.  This matters because when you get a LIHEAP benefit you will automatically qualify for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to use the “standard utility allowance” when it calculates the amount of your FS benefit.  This means you will get more FS benefits.

If you live in subsidized housing you may qualify for a LIHEAP benefitif you:

  • Are paying any amount for your rent; OR
  • Even if you pay nothing for rent, you pay for an electrical or other utilitybill.

If you are eligible you will receive a LIHEAP benefit of $21 a year.

How will DHHS know to increase my FS benefits when I get LIHEAP?

As soon as you get your LIHEAP benefit, contact DHHS immediately at 1-855-797-4357.  Tell them that you got your LIHEAP benefit.  You must actually get your LIHEAP benefit before they can increase your FS benefit.

What if my local Community Action Agency (CAP) tells me that I have to wait a long time to apply for LIHEAP?

When you call your local Community Action Agency (CAP) tell them that you live in subsidized housing and would like an appointment as soon as possible to make sure that you can get all the help you need from the FS Program.  If you just reapplied for FS and your benefits went down, be sure to tell them that.

You will need to show the CAP that you pay for part of your rent or another utility.  Bring your lease or other proof that you pay rent or utilitiesto your appointment.

For More Information

Call Karen Wyman at Maine Equal JusticePartners (207) 626-7058, ext. 205; or email Karen at kwyman@mejp.org.

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