NORMAN — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services will begin accepting applications today for low-income households needing help with cooling bills.
A limited amount of summer cooling assistance funds will be made available across the state through the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which is administered through the DHS.
DHS will accept applications beginning today and will continue until all allocated funds are depleted. DHS has about $16 million in federal funds for this year’s Summer Cooling Program in Oklahoma.
Eligibility for LIHEAP is based on each household’s income and assets. Apply for the Summer Cooling Program at a local DHS County Office.
Many households that receive public assistance through DHS may be automatically authorized for summer cooling assistance and will not need to make an application. Preauthorized households will be notified of their eligibility by letter prior to the beginning of the application period.
The anticipated benefit amounts are $120 for a one-person household, while a household of two or more may receive $180. Only one payment per household is allowed annually for LIHEAP summer cooling assistance.
The maximum income guidelines are:
· 1 member household, $1,024
· 2 member household, $1,387
· 3 member household, $1,750
· 4 member household, $2,113
· 5 member household, $2,476
· 6 member household, $2,839
· 7 member household, $3,202
· 8 member household, $3,565
Persons applying should have the latest electric bill for their home and verification of income information when they apply.