TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation is helping its citizens beat the cold by providing heating supplies or helping pay costly heating bills this winter.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is being offered again at the Cherokee Nation, with applications being accepted through Dec. 31.
Elderly, disabled and low-income Native American families, with a preference given to Cherokee citizens, are eligible to apply. Cherokee Nation was one of the first tribes, more than 25 years ago, to participate in the federally funded LIHEAP program, which helps offset heating and cooling bills in the summer and winter months for eligible tribal citizens. Last year, 1,943 households received help with heating costs and 1,455 with cooling costs from the tribe.
To qualify, the applicant must be a citizen of a federally recognized tribe, live within the Cherokee Nation 14-county jurisdiction and provide proof of income. A household of two cannot have a combined income of more than $23,265 per year. A household of four can earn no more than $35,325 per year.
Under the program, applications for crisis situations will also be accepted from Jan. 2-31, 2014. Last year, more than 1,000 families in crisis avoided getting utilities shut off thanks to LIHEAP.
LIHEAP applications are currently available at Cherokee Nation sub-offices in Catoosa, Bartlesville, Nowata, Locust Grove, Jay, Tahlequah, Stilwell, Sallisaw, Vinita and Warner.
For more information on LIHEAP, contact coordinator Janet L. Ward at 918-453-5327 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For income guidelines, please call family assistance at 918-207-3899.
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