Crisis Intervention Program (CIP)

The Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) is a federally-funded program that provides assistance to eligible households that are in a heating or cooling related emergency.  The goal of the CIP program is to help families stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  By doing so, this reduces the risk of health and safety problems such as illness, fire, or eviction.

Benefits may vary based upon the amount needed to alleviate the crisis.  An eligible household may receive assistance more than one time during the State Fiscal Year (July through June).

The maximum allowed benefit amount can be up to $600 per application, per crisis situation; however, benefits cannot exceed $600 per State fiscal year.  All payments are made directly to the vendor.

A household that applies must:

  • Have at least one U.S. Citizen or a non-citizen who meets certain eligibility criteria.
  • Meet an income test.
  • Be in a heating or cooling related emergency.

Energy Assistance is important to all that receive it, but more so if someone in your home may especially be at risk of a life threatening illness or death if their home is too cold in the winter or too hot in the summer.