LIHEAP stands for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and is funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services. LIHEAP provides financial assistance to help very low income households pay for the costs of heating and cooling their homes. The Shawnee Tribe has to abide by the requirements and guidelines issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services for the LIHEAP program when distributing funds. More information about LIHEAP can be found on this web site: www.acf.hhs.gov.
LIHEAP funds are distributed by the US Department of Health and Human Services to states and to tribes within states. Because the funding is state-based, a tribe can serve only residents of the state in which it is headquartered. This is the reason why LIHEAP funding is available only to Oklahoma residents. The Tribe-State agreement restricts services to Shawnee Tribe members only.
As soon as the Tribe is notified that funding is available, the Tribal office will once again this year send a post card to each of our Tribal households in Oklahoma to let everybody know that the funding is in-hand. The post card will also list application deadlines. It is the household's responsibility to contact the Tribal office for an application. As noted, applicants must be Tribal members who reside in Oklahoma. Applicant households must not exceed income limits set by the LIHEAP program.