OHILI and NYOHA Will Jointly Present an Informational Session On November 15th. The LIHEAP program, administered by the State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance [OTDA] and locally by the County Departments of Social Services, recently unveiled the framework of the assistance program for this winter.
LIHEAP is designed to help fixed or low-income individuals or families to pay part of the cost of heating their homes, increase energy efficiency and enhance safety.
All benefits are based on the Income Eligibility Guidelines shown below and on the attachment.
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|LIHEAP INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES|
|Household Size||Maximum Gross Monthly Income||Maximum Gross Annual Income|
There are four major components to the LIHEAP program, as follows:
1. Regular Benefits: This component opens on November 13th and runs through March 15th, or until funds are exhausted. The regular benefit amount is $675 plus an additional $51 for income eligible Tier 1 recipients or where the household includes a "vulnerable" individual. Definitions: Tier 1 eligibility is based on gross income at or below 130% of the federal poverty level and household size. A vulnerable individual is defined as 60 years or older, under age 6, or permanently disabled.
2. Emergency Benefit: This component opens January 2nd and also runs through March 15, 2018. The emergency benefit amount is also $675 per household if they are either a) in danger of running out of fuel, or b) their utility service has been shut off.
3. Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement Program: This component opens on November 6th and runs through March 15, 2018. The maximum available for heating systems repairs is $2,000 per household; the maximum available for heating system replacement is $6,500. The repair and/or replacement benefit amounts are based on the actual projected cost based on an estimate provided by an OTDA approved vendor, and must be approved and authorized beforehand by a HEAP Local District (county) contact. Payment is made directly to the vendor once the work is completed. The heating system replacement benefit can only be taken by the HEAP recipient once in a 10 year period.
4. Heating System Clean and Tune Program: This component essentially operates on a year-round basis and provides up to $400 for an annual heating system cleaning and tune-up. Included in the eligible measures are not only the cleaning of the primary heating equipment, but also chimney cleaning, minor repairs, and the installation of carbon monoxide detectors or programmable thermostats, if needed, to allow for the safe, proper and efficient operation of the heating equipment. All applications for the Clean and Tune benefit must be made with the County DDS.