If you are struggling or behind on your monthly energy or heating bills, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services may be able to help. Starting in late November or early December of each year you can apply for assistance through the DHS agency. They administer the federal government funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP. Dial (405) 521-3444 to learn more or apply.
The Oklahoma Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will provide low to middle income people winter heating bill assistance, grants and funds to address an energy crisis, and the program will also even pay for summer cooling and/or weatherization aid. Weatherization is when energy-related home repairs are made to your home for free. This weatherization program provided assistance to eligible low-income households throughout each year during specific application periods, usually during the summer and winter months.
Last year over 100,000 Oklahoma families got help and cash grants to help with paying their heating bills. This year, the demand is expected to be even higher and the number of people who apply even more.
Eligibility for the LIHEAP program is based on a household’s total income and also their assets. For example, for a household of one, the maximum household income guideline per month is $1,174. For a household of two, $1,579 and it goes up from there. So a household of three has a higher income limit, etc.
Many individuals and families that already participate in Oklahoma DHS public assistance programs will be notified of their automatic qualification for the program and these families do not need to apply.
The reason the LIHEAP program was created by the government was to provide seasonal assistance to low to moderate income households to assist people with paying their winter heating bills, and the secondary goal is to provide help for some families who have received utility cutoff notices, as the aid is intended to ensure people keep their utility service on. The OKDHS government agency also works closely with the Oklahoma Dept. of Commerce to provide weatherization services for eligible families, and weatherization will help people reduce their energy bills.
Interested individuals can also explore other Oklahoma energy assistance programs. If you are applying or need to learn more, you must have your latest heating bill and also be sure to bring your total household income information when you apply for the energy assistance program.
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