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Get Help With Your Heating Bills LIHEAP helps low income families stay warm in wintertime


To qualify for LIHEAP, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:


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Human Services (DHS) may be able to help. Starting in late November or early December of each year, qualifying families and individuals can apply for assistance from the Oklahoma Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).


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LIHEAP provide bill payment assistance to low to moderate income households to assist people with paying their winter heating bills, and the secondary goal is to provide help for some families who have received utility cutoff notices, as the aid is intended to ensure people keep their utility service on. The OKDHS also works closely with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce to provide weatherization services for eligible families. Weatherization helps people make their homes more energy efficient.


Last year over 100,000 Oklahoma families got help and cash grants to help with paying their heating bills. This year, the demand is expected to be even higher and the number of people who apply even more.


Eligibility for the LIHEAP program is based on a household’s total income and also their assets. For example, for a household of one, the maximum household income guideline per month is $1,174. For a household of two, $1,579, and it goes up from there.


Many individuals and families that already participate in Oklahoma DHS public assistance programs will be notified of their automatic qualification for the program. These families do not need to apply.


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f you are struggling or behind on your monthly energy or heating bills, the Oklahoma Department of


Household Size* 1


2 3 4 5 6 7 8


Max. Annual Income $12,837


$17,303 $21,769 $26,235 $30,701 $35,167 $39,633 $44,099


*For households with more than eight people, add $4,466 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.


Interested individuals can apply for LIHEAP assistance at their local DHS office or community action agency. Usually anywhere from $100 to $400 can be paid out per season to qualified applicants.


When applying or inquiring about the program, please bring a copy of your latest heating bill and verification of your total household income. Please contact the agencies below for more information:


Choctaw Nation, 800-522-6170, ext.2424 Leflore County DHS, 800-493-7960 Latimer County DHS, 800-493-7978 Pushmataha County DHS, 800-270-0803 Pittsburg County DHS, 800-270-0792


Special Notice to LIHEAP Recipients: Kiamichi Electric members on LIHEAP will receive their LIHEAP funds on a debit card this year. The card will be mailed to your home. If you already have a debit card, the money will be placed in your account. Please call your co-op at 800-888-2731 if you have further questions.


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