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Preauthorization Criteria

The LIHEAP Unit preauthorizes households who

  • received a State Supplemental Payment (SSP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) payment for all 12 months of the last year;

  • received the same LIHEAP component last year;

  • have the same address as last year;

  • have the same household members as last year; and

  • did not receive income greater than the eligibility guidelines during the last year.

Households must file a LIHEAP application between preauthorization periods, so they cannot be preauthorized for summer cooling and winter heating in the same federal fiscal year; October through September.

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