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Funds Delayed for Home Heating Program

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Oct. 20, 2017
Federal budget delays are impacting local residents when it comes to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, according to Menominee-Delta-Schoolcraft Community Action Agency Executive Director Julie Moberg.
LIHEAP assists income-eligible residents who are having difficulty paying for deliverable fuels to heat their home.
CAA and local charities help residents through the application process and disperse funds in this area. The funds usually start showing up in November, and shortly thereafter residents are asked to apply. But this heating season it appears the earliest the funds may show up is in January, Moberg said.
“This is unfortunate, and we hope this issue is resolved to some degree very soon. Many residents cannot afford to heat their homes without these funds,” Moberg said.
CAA and local charities will reach out to residents as soon as the funds become available.
Residents facing emergences should contact the Department of Health and Human Services, which administers the State Emergency Relief (SER) program. SER provides services such as heating fuel, electricity and home repairs. Eligibility is based on a household’s ability to demonstrate immediate need, such as a shut-off notice, or declaring a deliverable fuel, such as fuel oil, is desperately needed.
Eligibility is based on household income. For example, a one person monthly household income cannot be more than $1,485, and total monthly income for a four-person household cannot be more than $3,037.50. For more information, CLICK HERE.
CAA is an equal-opportunity provider and employer.