Low-Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

About the Program

The Low-Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded program that provides financial assistance to Oklahoma low-income households each year to help them meet the cost of home energy burdens. LIHEAP is available to adult tribal members that are residents of the State of Oklahoma and the applicant’s name is listed on the utility bill.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Oklahoma resident (18 years of age and older)
  • Wichita tribal member’s name listed on utility bill (primary or joint account)
  • Meets current state/federal median income guidelines (see income bracket)
  • Household can be verified that no duplication of LIHEAP services has been used or currently pending with another entity

LIHEAP can help your family in two ways:

The regular energy assistance program is a non-emergency assistance that helps you and your family with a one-time payment for the following:

  • Heating (December-March or until funds are exhausted) OR
  • Cooling (June-August or until funds are exhausted)

The CRISIS Assistance Program is available on an emergency basis only until funds are exhausted. To be eligible, you must apply within 72 hours of an active cut-off date on the notice from your utility provider and cannot have utilized CRISIS (ECAP) from any DHS or any other tribal LIHEAP programs during the current fiscal year.

FY-23 Income Eligibility Matrix

Household Size Not to Exceed
1 $24,344
2 $31,834
3 $39,325
4 $46,816
5 $54,306
6 $61,797
7 $63,202
8 $64,606

Funding is distributed according to household priority, with young children and elders being first priority. All LIHEAP funding is distributed until funding is exhausted.

Tribal members that have utilized LIHEAP assistance this funding year (October 1-present) from DHS or any other tribal services will not be eligible for LIHEAP services through our program.