Oklahoma DHS Grants Home Energy Assistance to Low Income Households

13 Nov

The burden of heating bills will soon be lessened for low-income households in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services, along with the Federal Government, will be providing financial assistance for winter heating bills among eligible families within the state. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will start accepting applications on December 11, 2012.

First established in 1981 as a federal social services program, LIHEAP aims to provide financial assistance to households with low income, but with a relatively higher percentage of home energy spending.  They are provided with funds granted by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Families who qualify for the program will be granted a partial payment of their winter energy bill, which will be paid directly to the local utility companies. According to the general guidelines of the program, families are only eligible if they meet certain income requirements. For instance, a household with only one person must not have an income that exceeds $11,976 annually, while a household with eight people must not have a household income that exceeds $41,388.

Only Oklahoma residents may qualify for the program, and those interested in applying for a grant can visit the Department of Human Services office starting on December 11. Applicants should present identification, income verification, and their most recent heating bill.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

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