FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Do you need help paying your electric bill?
PAWHUSKA, Okla. (June 27, 2018) – The Osage Nation Financial Assistance Department, formerly known as LIHEAP, is accepting applications for energy assistance. The Energy Assistance Program provides energy aid on utility bills for low income Native American households throughout Osage County. The amount of energy assistance is based on the household size, monthly income and energy burden.
The different types of assistance include: energy aid on electric bills, the repair or replacement of a Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) unit for eligible homeowners, and as funding allows, home weatherization materials or a 110 Air Conditioning window unit and box fan.
“It is important that we ensure our constituents are safe, not overheated, and able to afford their energy costs during extreme temperatures. By providing energy assistance, we may alleviate that financial burden,” said Linda Arnold, Osage Nation Program Specialist.
Eligibility requirements include:
- Must reside within the boundaries of the Osage Reservation (Osage County);
- The adult applicant must be Native American of a federally recognized tribe and the utility bill must be in the name of the applicant;
- Household income must be below 60 percent of the State Median Income amounts;
- Osage preference is exercised and income deductions for each enrolled Osage tribal member in the household.
For more information about the Energy Assistance Program contact Osage Nation Financial Assistance at (918) 287-5325 or visit them online.