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COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Utility and Housing Assistance (LIHEAP/LIHWAP/SOS)

LIHEAP/LIHWAP/SOS

Utility and Housing Assistance Program

The purpose of the Utility and Housing Assistance Program at Step Up Suncoast is to bring individuals out of crisis and in to financial stability. We do this through a variety of funding programs and your Client Services Specialist will help determine which program(s) fits your needs best.

Current Funding Programs
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): LIHEAP services are provided to assist income eligible families to meet their immediate home energy needs in the form of electric and occasionally gas.
This program is available to individuals living in Hardee and Manatee counties.

Low Income Home Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP): LIWHAP services are provided to assist income eligible families to meet their immediate water needs.
This program is available to individuals living in Hardee and Manatee counties.

Season of Sharing (SOS): Season of Sharing supports individuals and families who are on the verge of homelessness to stay in their homes. Funds may be used for rent, mortgage, utilities, child care, transportation, work tools or other crucial expenses.
This program is available to individuals living in Manatee and Desoto County.

Making an Appointment
All individuals needing assistance must book an appointment online. At this time, our office is closed to the public and all appointments will occur by phone. If you need assistance, please call 941-827-2887.
The online appointment system opens on Tuesday-Friday at 8am. *Appointments go quickly and are often gone within the first 30 minutes so please plan accordingly when scheduling. They are on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Phone appointments with the Client Services Specialist are held Monday-Thursday between 8:30am-10:30am and are 30 minutes in length.

Please be aware, the online appointment system for utility and housing assistance will be closed between the following days: December 8, 2022 – December 20, 2022. The online appointment system will reopen on December 20, 2022 to begin booking appointments for January 3, 2023.

 

Schedule an Appointment

Current scheduling: 8:00am-10:30am
Monday-Friday


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Preferred Language – English

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Preferred Language – Spanish

Please note that our offices are closed to the public and ALL APPOINTMENTS ARE HANDLED BY PHONE

Program Contact

Client Services | 941-827-2887

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