Note: In 1994, a new provision, Assurance 16, was added to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program statute.
It provides LIHEAP grantees the option of spending no more than five percent of their LIHEAP funds on services that encourage and enable households to reduce their home energy needs and thereby the need for energy assistance, including needs assessment, counseling, and assistance with energy vendors. The following are a few examples of how tribes are using Assurance 16 funds.
State Tribe FY % Funds Description Alaska Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority 2017 5 A program called the "Energy Cents" helps people in our communities understand how to save money by conserving energy. The program provides LED light bulbs and low-flow water shower heads. Energy Cents runs TV commercials in southeast Alaska. Arizona The Navajo Nation 2017 1 Distribution of informational flyers and energy savings kits are provided during outreach activities, including orientations and presentations to reduce home energy needs. Arizona Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community 2017 5 Applicants attend a two hour educational class that addresses budgeting, financial management, and information on how to reduce energy costs. The class is a requirement for receiving LIHEAP assistance. Energy savings brochures are handed out to each client during the initial intake assessement at the CIC. A community-wide newsletter is sent by mail to reach out to households with high energy burdens. The newsletter will contain information on access to funding along with funding currently available. Arizona San Carlos Apache Tribe 2017 5 Duplicate brochures from other agencies such as Salt River Project that educate consumers on how to save energy. Brochures are distributed to families. California Southern California Tribal Chairman's Association 2017 1 A customer needs assessment is conducted at intake and education materials are provided to applicant. Idaho Coeur d'Alene Tribe 2017 5 The Social Services Department informs eligible clients that we work in conjunction with the community programs and the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Housing, advertise in the local papers and do public service announcements through our tribal radio station. Idaho Nez Perce Tribe 2017 5 Most activities include resource and referral with community partners, and phone calls with the vendors during the pledge process and verification of eligibility. A handout on energy saving tips is included with every application. Idaho Shoshone Bannock Tribes 2017 5 Public meeting and dissemination of literature to reduce energy needs. Provide education through weatherization fairs and increased priority status of weatherization request households who provide independent audits and assesments on their own. Maine The Aroostook Band of Micmacs 2017 1 Monthly newsletters to the community provide information on heat-saving measures as well as low-to-no-cost heat-saving methods to our community. Resources are utilized to assist clients in finding alternative weatherization methods and referrals are done to the CAP agency that provides the weatherization services in our service area. Programs for more energy efficient forms of heating water and heat pumps are being accessed on behalf of clients whose homes qualify for the assistance. Massachusetts Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribal Council 2017 5 We collaborate with local agencies to offer energy efficiency workshops and coordinate energy assessments on homes to evaluate what needs to be done to lower our clients' energy costs. Some agencies offer free labor and/or materials to our clients in order to assist them with repairs and/or more efficient equipment. We also provide small items that can make a big difference in a home's energy bills that are available to all LIHEAP clients and participants of these workshops. The LIHEAP Coordinator also enrolls LIHEAP clients in discount rates with heating and energy vendors that use LIHEAP as a qualifying factor, and will negotiate payment agreements and emergency heating. Michigan Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians 2017 3 Provide weatherization workshops to help identify points of energy inefficiency. LIHEAP provides kits to address weatherization, including supplies of calking, window plastic, water heater blankets, etc. Montana Blackfeet 2017 2 Provide services that encourage and enable households to reduce their home energy by providing wages for the Energy Conservation coordinator. The coordinator's services will be directly provided to the clients of the LIHEAP programs. The coordinator will coordinate with clients on all energy conservation activities on the reservation. Montana Fort Belknap Indian Community 2017 0 LIEAP households are encouraged to contact their energy vendors to obtain energy audits of their homes, approved applications are submitted to local HRDC programs for weatherization assistance. Advocates work with Tribal housing renters to receive assistance from the Housing authority to obtain repairs to reduce their energy costs. Weatherization items such as plastic, caulking, spray foam and storm doors are available through LIEAP tribal office. New Mexico Pueblo of Jemez 2017 5 The Jemez LIHEAP conducts an annual Weatherization/Energy Conservation Seminar. In addition, small supplies may be distributed to assist households to begin conservation methods creating energy efficient homes. New Mexico Pueblo of Zuni 2017 2 Resources such as informational flyers with tips for reducing energy costs are provided to applicants during the intake interview or are mailed with outgoing correspondence. Energy suppliers also provide resources on conservation methods creating energy efficient homes. North Carolina Lumbee Nation 2017 2 The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina hosts energy efficiency workshops at its outreach sites to applicants in an effort to educate, encourage and enable households to reduce its home energy consumption and thereby the need for energy assistance. The Office of Tribal Finance determines a maximum of 2% during the tribal budget process and allocates a specific budget line item for Reduction of Home Energy Needs. North Dakota Spirit Lake Tribe 2017 1 The Spirit Lake Tribe will use Assurance 16 Funds for the following activities: 1. Case Management; 2. Facilitation of households' negotiations for budget payment; 3. Advocate with fuel supplier on behalf of households; 4. Referrals. The case management process will help identify households that are at risk or in a crisis situation. The LIHEAP Intake Specialist will gather information about the social & economic conditions of all members fo the household so that a plan of action can be developed. The plan will be the tool developed to assist these households to become self-sufficient. The participant and the Intake Specialist will set goals to enhance the client's educational and job performance. Case Management will promote family self-sufficiency, and long term stability. The LIHEAP staff will conduct client intake interviews to identify circumstances such as unemployment, under-employment, drug/alcohol abuse, lack of child care, transportation, unaffordable housing, and chronic health issues that prevent clients from paying bills and having access to basic necessities. These case managers will conduct assessments, develop action plans and make referrals to local family resources such as General Assistance, TANF, Commodities, Employment & Training, etc. The LIHEAP Coordinator has also spent Assurance 16 funds, on activities that prevent or reduce crisis. The tribe uses these funds to help households make payment arrangement with their utility supplier to prevent disconnection. Protection from Electric and Natural Gas disconnections - LIHEAP income eligible households will not be disconnected if they make satisfactory payment arrangements. Another innovative way of handling and preventing crisis situations is the LIHEAP Coordinator has assisted 20 families this past program year with facilitating payment arrangements for families who are receiving monthly General Assistance (GA) payments by setting up deductions to come out of their bi-weekly GA payment for their utility bills - thus preventing disconnction and eviction. Oklahoma Apache Tribe of Oklahoma 2017 0 Provide pamphlets and flyers. Oklahoma Citizen Potawatomi Nation 2017 5 Provide energy reduction tips, pamphlets, CFL light bulbs, and other low-cost energy minimization assistance. Oklahoma Muscogee (Creek) Nation 2017 0 The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Social Services Department provides counseling, education awareness and acts as an advocate between the client and the energy vendor. Oklahoma United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians 2017 1 Energy efficiency handouts in the English language as well as the Keetoowah language. The UKB provides these handouts/brochures at the yearly tribal celebration in September that reaches thousands of our LIHEAP households. The UKB LIHEAP Budget has a separate line item with the budget amount set aside for this service. Oregon Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon 2017 5 At intake a brochure will be provided and explained to eligible households describing basic conservation techniques and information. Brochures will give phone numbers, website addresses, and will indicate that power companies can be contacted to trouble shoot a basic energy problem if a household has a sudden rise in energy bills. The Tribe also sets aside up to 5% for home energy needs reduction efforts including needs assessments. Oregon Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians 2017 5 We provide resource referral counseling to appliants, reviewing possible Tribal and/or Community resources. Initial consult is free and part of the LIHEAP process. Only extended follow up services would be considered and tracked by specific line item and frequent monitoring. Oregon Klamath Tribes 2017 2 Clients receive several types of energy saving information and supplies. Weatherization is provided to applicable homes to ease the energy burden and makes homes warmer and more energy efficient. South Dakota Rosebud Sioux Tribe 2017 5 The LIHEAP Program will provide an Energy Conservation Specialist who will perform on-site counseling, energy conservation workshops, public announcements on our local radio stations, newspapers, flyers, and pamphlets. Utah Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah 2017 5 a. Obtain information on services available through the weatherization program, as well as applications, from the Agency that administers the program in each county and provides it to the households we serve. b. The Tribe's Outreach Worker will go out into the area and help applicants who are unable to get into a weatherization office by providing them with an application, and helping fill it out, and then returning the complete application to the weatherization office. c. Encourage applicants to take advantage of the equal payment plans offered by the utility companies. This will help them in developing a budget and being able to make it work for them. d. Case manager has conducted workshops in managing finances and budget development. They continue to work with clients as needed. Washington Quileute Indian Tribe 2017 5 Staff attend community events and distribute energy conservation information and products including informative brochures, coloring books for children, weather stripping, and insulation plastic for windows and doors.