Low-Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The Tribal LIHEAP Program is funded by the Division of Energy Assistance, Office of Community Services in Washington, DC. The amount of the grant is based on the number of tribal Head of Households, not tribal membership. Our service area covers the entire state of Oklahoma Only. The fiscal year begins October 1 and ends September 30 of each year.
There are two categories of assistance that are available through the LIHEAP during the grant year, which are the Energy Assistance and Crisis Assistance. Both types of assistance are available one time per year. The Energy Assistance is designated for winter heating or summer coolant costs, and if approved payment will be paid directly to the vendor for electric, natural gas or propane services. If the applicant has received assistance from the Department of Human Services (DHS) or from another tribe the applicant will be denied tribal LIHEAP assistance.
The Energy Assistance does not assist with past due or delinquent accounts, nor does it assist with deposits, disconnection notices, or reconnections in accordance to federal regulations.
The Crisis Assistance is for emergency assistance to prevent disruption of service of gas or electricity. In order to be eligible to receive assistance the applicant's household income must meet the State Median Guidelines. Applications are taken and approved on a first-come-first serve basis with priority given to Elder's and families with children.
The program also assist with Weatherization materials for tribal members with the same priority given to elders and families with children first.