DHS to start taking heating assistance applications

DHS to start taking heating assistance applications

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla._The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is working to keep families warm through the winter with heating assistance funds.

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services is administering the fund and will start taking walk-in applications Tuesday, December 8, and will continue until approximately $8 million in federal funding has been given out.

Each year, local county offices experience long lines of applicants. However, many households receiving public assistance through DHS may already be pre-authorized for the Winter Heating Program and will not need to apply. Those pre-authorized households will receive a letter before the application period begins. Other households receiving DHS assistant may have received an applications through the mail. Those households can mail the application to DHS without needing to go to the office.

Eligibility for LIHEAP is based on each household's income and assets. If you think you may be eligible and have not received a letter or application in the mail, you can apply for the Winter Heating Program available at your local DHS County Office.

Only one payment per household is allowed annually for LIHEAP winter heating assistance.

The maximum income guidelines are:

Household Size | Allowable Monthly Net Income

1                        $ 1079
2                        $ 1460
3                        $ 1842
4                        $ 2223
5                        $ 2604
6                        $ 2986
7                        $ 3367
8                        $ 3748

All persons applying should have the most recent heating bill for their home or fuel supplier name, ID, social security number and verification of income for everyone living in the home when they make application.  For more information, contact your local DHS county office.