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IM Released from OCS: New Federal Poverty Guidelines and State Median Income

July 28, 2017 – On June 26, the Office of Community Services (OCS), Division of Energy Assistance issued an Information Memoranda (IM 2017-02) announcing the release of the optional FFY17 and mandatory FFY18 HHS Poverty Guidelines. Information Memoranda 2017-03 was also released announcing the updated State Median Income Estimates for Optional Use in FFY17 and mandatory use in FFY18.

Indiana Announces Plans for 2017 Summer Cooling Program

July 21, 2017 - The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) 2017 Summer Cooling Program through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has released its plan to continue through Aug. 25.

The IHCDA focuses on keeping Indianans warm during the winter and cool during the summer by providing financial assistance to low-income households. Last year, IHCDA assisted 103,200 households with an average benefit of $350 per household.

Ohio Summer Crisis Program Starts July 1

June 23, 2017 – The Ohio Development Services Agency and local Community Action Agencies will help income-eligible Ohioans stay cool during the hot summer months. The Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program provides income-eligible customers with electric bill assistance or assistance paying for central air conditioning repairs. The crisis program runs from July 1 through August 31.

HHS releases FY 2017 Funds

June 16, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Community Services released over $378 million in the second and final round of FY 2017 funding available for LIHEAP.

These funds have been appropriated by Congress under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (Public Law 115-31), which the President signed into law on May 5, 2017. This law provided the final budget for LIHEAP in FY 2017.

DHHS Helps Low-Income Nebraskans Cool Down with Fans

June 9, 2017 – Two Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS) programs are helping low-income customers with cooling assistance by providing fans and bill-pay assistance throughout the summer. Thirty-two organizations in 24 Nebraska counties work with DHHS to distribute fans to needy citizens to help them cope with the summer’s heat.

Organizations distributed more than 5,600 fans last year across the state. The organizations that distribute the fans determine the eligibility of the recipients. Fans are purchased with LIHEAP funds.

Washington PUD Seeing Fewer than Expected Sign up for Low-Income Assistance

May 19, 2017 – The Public Utilities Division (PUD) in Jefferson County is seeing fewer people than expected enrolling in its low-income assistance program.

PUD Manager Jim Parker said that 509 households had enrolled in the program as of Friday. That’s out of an estimated 2,000 households that are eligible in Jefferson County, according to a study done by the PUD’s citizen advisory board.
“We expected more,” Parker said. “The weather is getting nicer so people aren’t thinking about it as much. I expected 700 by now.”

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