DHS helps low-income Oklahomans with heating costs this winter

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

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 (LIHEAP), which is administered through the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

Applications will be accepted beginning Dec. 9 and will continue until all allocated funds are depleted. OKDHS has approximately $8 million in federal funds for this year’s Winter Heating Program in Oklahoma.

Eligibility for LIHEAP is based on each household’s income and assets. Applications for the Winter Heating Program are available at county DHS offices.

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.

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 on how to apply, contact the local DHS human services center.

The maximum income guidelines are:

Size of Household — Allowable Monthly Net Income

1 — $1,070

2 — $1,442

3 — $1,814

4 — $2,186

5 — $2,558

6 — $2,931

7 — $3,303

8 — $3,675