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Are You Struggling To Pay Utility Bills?


LIHEAP offers financial aid for home energy costs to qualifying families and individuals


T


he Oklahoma Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded


program that provides financial assistance to approximately 97,000 Oklahoma low- income households each year to help them meeting the cost of home energy. LIHEAP can help you and your family in two ways:


1. The Regular Energy Assistance Program is none emergency assistance that helps you and your family with a one-time payment for your primary cooling bills from June through August and heating bills from November through January.


2. The Energy Crisis Assistance Program (ECAP) is available based on funding or households with a member that has a medical condition. The program pays up to $500 when your energy is shut off or is threatened to be shut off within 72 hours. The assistance you receive is based on the amount needed to settle your crisis with your energy provider.


To apply for Oklahoma LIHEAP, you must fill out an application form and submit it with your local DHS office. Application forms are available at local DHS offices, or request an application by calling 877-653-4798 or 405-487-5483.


Q Application Periods


Heating Assistance: Apply for heating assistance after December 1, 2016.


Energy Crisis: Applications for energy crisis are usually accepted from March 15 to April 1.


Cooling Assistance: Apply for cooling assistance between July 15 and August 1.


Q Eligibility Requirements


To qualify for LIHEAP assistance, you must meet each of the following requirements:


• Be responsible for payment of home heating and cooling costs.


• Be a United States citizen or eligible and legally admitted for permanent residence.


• Have $2,000 for one person or $3,000 for two persons, and $50 for each additional person in the household or less in the form of cash on hand, checking or savings accounts, certificates of deposits, stocks, or bonds.


• Meet specific income guidelines (see table below).


Household Size* Max Income /Yr) 1


2 3 4 5 6 7 8


$13,068 $17,622 $22,176 $26,730 $31,284 $35,838 $40,403 $44,979


*For households with more than eight people, add $4,576 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.


Other agencies including the Salvation Army and faith- based organizations also offer utility bill payment assistance. Please contact your co-op for a list of available resources at 800-888-2731.


To apply for assistance through LIHEAP, please contact your local DHS office or your tribal resources


Latimer County 1809 Highway 270 East Wilburton, OK 74578 918- 465-5800 • 800-493-7978


Leflore County 511 S. Harper Poteau, OK 74953 918- 649-2300 • 800-493-7960


Pushmataha County 104 S.E. "B" St. Antlers, OK 74523 580- 298-3361 • 800-270-0803


Pittsburg County 1900 South Main McAlester, OK 74501 (918) 421-6100 • 800-270-0792


Atoka County 801 S. Greathouse Dr. Atoka, OK 74525-3436 580- 889-3394 • 800-225-0051


Choctaw Nation 529 N. 16th Street Durant, OK 74701 800 522-6170, ext. 2416; 4015; 2418; 2417; 2384; or 2557


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