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Online Applications Only Option Due to Oklahoma Budget Cuts

August 5, 2016—The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) is facing a $45 million budget reduction in FY 2017, which will mean changes to how LIHEAP is operated in the state.

This recently-announced reduction comes on the heels of DHS cutting its staff by 900 employees earlier this year because of a $79 million cut to DHS’ initial 2016 budget. The additional $45 million in FY 2017 is to help address a projected $100 million shortfall in the department’s budget. DHS plans to reduce:

NEUAC Selects New ED, Moves Operations to DC Area

July 15, 2016—Big changes are happening at the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC) this year. The NEUAC board of directors announced this week that they had chosen Katrina Metzler as the organization’s new Executive Director. In addition to this news, NEUAC has also announced that it has moved the main office for the organization from Denver to Arlington, Virginia.

HHS Releases Notice Concerning 2017 Federal Poverty Guidelines

July 1, 2016—Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published an Information Memorandum with updated federal poverty guidelines (FPG) for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2017. These FFY 2017 numbers are based on the guidelines that the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) of HHS originally issued on January 25, 2016.

NEUAC Draws Over 500 Attendees, Features Awards and Workshops

June 17, 2016—Around 570 advocates, public officials, and policy makers shared best practices from around the nation at this year’s National Energy and Utility Affordability Conference (NEUAC) last week. This year’s conference titled, “Building Bridges: The New Frontier,” was nestled in the middle of the Rocky Mountains in the Mile-High City of Denver, CO.

Gov. Cuomo Announces New Energy Affordability Policy

May 24, 2016—In 2015, 2.8 million households in New York State paid 6 percent or more of their annual income on home energy bills according to the most recent Home Energy Affordability Gap. Of that number, 510,385 households paid a little over a quarter of their income on energy bills. To put that in perspective, middle- and upper-income customer energy burdens generally range from 1 to 5 percent of their annual household income.

New York Sets Aside $3 million in LIHEAP funds for AC units

May 6, 2016—Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that the state of New York would be providing $3 million in LIHEAP funds to help keep low-income, medically-vulnerable households cool this summer through its Cooling Assistance component. Last summer, through this program, more than 4,100 households had EnergyStar-rated air conditioning units or fans installed in their homes.


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