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Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

is a Federally-funded program that provides financial assistance to approximately 182,000 Oklahoma low-income households each year to help them meeting the cost of home energy. 
All LIHEAP assistances are subject to available funding by the Federal government.

The LIHEAP can help you and your family in two ways. 

Regular Energy Assistance Program (REAP) is a non-crisis assistance that helps Oklahomans pay one payment per federal fiscal year to your primary fuel source heating bills during the winter months between November and January and/or one payment per federal fiscal year to primary fuel source cooling bills during summer months between June and August. You are encourage to apply online at www.okdhslive.org during our open enrollment period.  You may be asked to provide some verification documents for utility assistance.

Energy Crisis Assistance Program (ECAP) is a crisis program that is only available between March and May to assist Oklahomans to establish new service, restore or prevent service interruption, initiate fuel delivery. During our ECAP open enrollment period, you are encourage to apply online at www.okdhslive.org.

If eligible, payment will only be authorized for the minimum amount required to prevent interruption/restore/establish service or initiate fuel delivery.

ECAP Eligibility requirements:   

  • Must be within the 72 hours cut-off window at the time of application when the energy is scheduled to be interrupted and have an active cut-off order with utility provider; or  

  • A written notice from utility provider for new service establishment or service restoration with minimum amount required for security deposit, carryover old debt, and other fees; or

  •  A written notice from utility provider for refusing to deliver additional fuel without a minimum payment amount.

If one of your household has a medical condition required either main heating or cooling energy sources for life dependency, you may eligible for life-threatening crisis assistance under ECAP. Each life-threatening crisis is evaluated on an individual basis in accordance with LIHEAP regulation and available funding. You will be asked to provide some verification documents for utility assistance and a note from a certified physician regarding of the household individual that needs life-threatening crisis assistance. You may also need to file for a medical crisis assistance through your utility provider if available. You can make an inquiry about life threatening energy assistance through your local DHS county office or case worker.

Eligibility requirements for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are based on income, household size, available resources and responsibility for payment of home energy cost.  Everyone who resides under the same utility service address must apply together. If you or anyone resides in your home are a Native American, you may apply for energy assistance through DHS or with your tribe, but you cannot receive assistance from both during the same Federal Fiscal Year.

To qualify for LIHEAP assistance, you must meet each of the following requirements:

  • Be responsible for payment home heating and cooling cost.
  • Be a United States citizen or have been an eligible legally admitted for permanent residence.
  • Have $2,000 for one person or $3,000 for two persons, and $50 for each additional person in the household or less in the form of cash on hand, checking or savings accounts, certificates of deposits, stocks, or bonds.
  • Meet specific income guidelines that vary according to household size and fuel type.

During open enrollment you can apply online at www.okdhslive.org.  If you do not have computer access, call (405) 487-5483 for assistance.

Learn of other resources that may be of assistance.

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is operated with funds from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE, and the U.S. Department Health and Human Services Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). WAP is designed to help low income household control their energy cost through installation of weatherization materials and education. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services contracts with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce to provide weatherization services for eligible families.  
                                           
Department of Commerce Weatherization Contact: 
Amanda Marcott-Thottunkal                                             
Senior Energy Programs Manager – Weatherization 
Division of Community Development, Oklahoma Department of Commerce                         
Phone: 1-800-879-6552                                              
EmailAmanda.Marcott-Thotunkal@OKcommerce.gov

Who Do I Contact with Questions?

Email: LIHEAP2@okdhs.org

Voicemail: (405) 521-3444       
                 or 1-866-411-1877 

Mailing Address: PO Box 25352 
Oklahoma City, OK 73125

Online: www.okdhslive.org

LIHEAP Broadcast Message

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS)  will begin taking applications on Tuesday, March 16th, 2021 for the Energy Crisis Assistance Program (ECAP) online at www.okdhslive.org.  

If eligible, households will be authorized for a one-time payment for the minimum amount required to resolve the crisis. Total payment is capped at $500 maximum (including both energy crisis and life-threatening medical) for each LIHEAP eligible household per federal fiscal year calendar.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be within the 72 hours cut-off window when the energy is scheduled to be interrupted and have an active cut-off order with utility provider;
  • Or a written notice from utility provider for new service establishment or service restoration with minimum requirement security deposit, 
  • Or a written notice from utility provider refusing to deliver additional fuel without a minimum requirement payment.

 

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