MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

November 14, 2013

DHS to help with Dec. heating costs


— OKLAHOMA CITY — A limited amount of winter heating assistance funds will be made available across the state through the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, a media release states.

Beginning Dec. 10, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services will accept applications and will continue until all allocated funds are depleted. DHS has approximately $8 million in federal funds for this year’s winter heating program in Oklahoma, which is administered through DHS.

Eligibility for LIHEAP is based on each household’s income and assets. If you or someone you know may be income eligible, you are encouraged to apply for the winter heating program available at your local DHS county office.

Many households receiving public assistance through DHS may be automatically authorized for winter heating assistance and will not need to make application. Preauthorized households will be notified of their eligibility by letter prior to the beginning of the application period.

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

For more information, contact the local DHS human services center in your county of residence.

The maximum income guidelines are:

Size of household and allowable monthly net income:

1, $1,053.

2, $ 1,422.

3, $ 1,790.

4, $ 2,159.

5, $ 2,527.

6, $ 2,896.

7, $ 3,264.

8, $ 3,632.