Housing & Energy



Reducing High Fuel Costs

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) assists low-income households in reducing their high fuel costs while contributing to national energy savings. Weatherization measures provided will reduce heat loss and conserve energy costs by improving the warmth and cooling of a dwelling. It does not matter if you own or rent. The program gives high priority points to:

  • The elderly
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Households with children



Weatherization Application



Find out more by contacting your Neighborhood Service Center




Housing Rehabilitation

Making a House a Home

The UETHDA’s Housing Rehabilitation Program is committed to creating a better quality of life for residents and that includes helping them maintain safe homes. The program helps low- and moderate-income homeowners make significant repairs to their homes to bring them up to local housing standards. As a house ages, it can become unsafe. The Housing Rehabilitation Program currently serves elderly and disabled clients working through a referral from the First Tennessee Development District or the USDA Rural Development.  The goal is to help you bring your home back into a safe, sanitary and decent condition.

Find out more by contacting your Neighborhood Service Center.



Project HELP

One-Time Emergency Energy Assistance

Holston Electric Cooperative’s Project Help is administered by the Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency (UETHDA) at the Hawkins County Neighborhood Service Center and Douglas Cherokee Economic Authority in Hamblen County.

The program provides one-time emergency energy assistance in the amount of $100 to those who qualify. Applicants in economic crises must meet one or more of the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Age 60 years or older
  • Households with children under age 16 or an expectant mother
  • Members who are temporarily or permanently handicapped to the extent that they are not economically self-sufficient
  • Those who have no other obvious resources for assistance

Find out more by contacting the Hawkins County Service Center.



Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Helping with Home Energy Costs

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed for households in need of assistance with the expense that occurs with their energy costs.

These include:

  • Electric
  • Wood
  • Coal
  • Oil
  • Gas/LP Gas
  • Kerosene

Applicants need to reapply only once per year. Distribution is available throughout the eight-county area.

Priority is given to:

  • Low-income/ poverty level
  • Energy Burden
  • Disabled
  • Young children under age 6
  • Household size
  • APS (Adult Protective Services) referral


Poverty Income Guidelines

July 1 2016  /  June 30 2017  – Poverty Annual Income Guidelines

Family Size









For each additional person, add:

150% of Poverty – LIHEAP:  Annual









$  6,240

150% of Poverty – LIHEAP:  Monthly









$  520


Download LIHEAP Application and Information here

LIHEAP Application Instructions (Required)

2016B LIHEAP Income Chart

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Application For Assistance

Self-Declaration form of Zero Income

LIHEAP FY 2017-2018

Find out more by contacting your Neighborhood Service Center.