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Crisis Assistance Available During Natural Disasters

September 5, 2019 – Households who find themselves in the path of natural disasters may be eligible for crisis assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Crisis assistance benefits vary from state to state, so it is important that a household find out what they may qualify for in their area. Households can view crisis assistance benefits for LIHEAP in their area on the LIHEAP Clearinghouse web site.

Ohio Summer Crisis Assistance Ends and Winter Heating Assistance Begins

August 27, 2019 – The Ohio Development Services (ODS) Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program will end on August 31. The program provides Ohioans with electric bill assistance and providing central air conditioning units and repairs.

In 2018, more than 423 households received crisis assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program. Recipients received monetary benefits of up to $300 or a window air conditioning unit. $63,000 was spent by the Miami Valley CAP to help “beat the summer heat.”

New Hampshire Saves Assists Homeowners in Energy Savings

August 21, 2019 – A collaboration of New Hampshire utilities, NH Saves, is making it easier for homeowners to assess their home's energy efficiency and qualify for incentives. NH Save’s online tool, the Home Heating Index (HHI), is a component of the NH Saves Audits and Weatherization program and is designed to help customers determine if their homes qualify for incentives and rebates.

New Federal Poverty Guidelines Released by HHS

August 14, 2019 – On August 7, 2019, the Office of Community Services (OCS), Division of Energy Assistance issued an Information Memorandum (LIHEAP-IM-2019-01) announcing the release of the FFY19 HHS Poverty Guidelines.

States may adopt the year's new guidelines at any time between the date of publication in the Federal Register and the first day of the next fiscal year or by the beginning of the grantee's fiscal year, whichever is later.

Arizona Non-Profit Offers Tips to Keep Utility Bills Down

August 1, 2019 – The Arizona non-profit organization, Take Charge America, is providing tips for households to stay cool and reduce their summer bills this year.

“With a few simple changes to your routine, you can keep summer costs and stress to a minimum,” said Michael Sullivan, a personal finance consultant with Take Charge America. “Increased energy use during the summer can cause utility costs to skyrocket, deflating your plans to have fun or relax.”

Sullivan provided the following tips:

Missouri CAP Assists Low Income Households with Energy Needs

July 25, 2019 – The Community Action Partnership of Northeast Missouri (CAPNEMO) is offering a program to assist households with energy needs this summer. The program offers up to $300 in electric bill assistance in the summer months.

“If you come in with a shut off notice, we can pay up to that amount in the office here,” said Mary Bishop, Quality Assurance Director of CAPNEMO.

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