Cherokee Nation Accepting LIHEAP Applications

12/05/2006
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December 05, 2006

Cherokee Nation Accepting LIHEAP Applications

Cherokee Nation family advocate Patsy Cochran unloads a wood stove for a LIHEAP recipient.  Each year approximately 1,700 people receive assistance from the tribe’s LIHEAP program.Cherokee Nation family advocate Patsy Cochran unloads a wood stove for a LIHEAP recipient. Each year approximately 1,700 people receive assistance from the tribe’s LIHEAP program.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation is currently accepting applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The program is designed to provide emergency heating aid to applicants who meet eligibility requirements. Each year, approximately 1,700 applicants receive assistance through Cherokee Nation’s LIHEAP Program.

“LIHEAP is available every winter to families throughout the Cherokee Nation that need help keeping their homes warm,” said Jerry Snell, director of family assistance for the Cherokee Nation. “It’s good to know that Cherokee Nation has a direct impact on keeping our elderly and disabled tribal citizens comfortable, safe and warm at home during the winter.”

To qualify applicants must live in the jurisdictional boundaries of the Cherokee Nation, meet income guidelines and the head of household must be of Native American decent. All applications must include a CDIB card, proof of residency, such as a utility bill and provide income verification.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, December 22. For more information on the LIHEAP program for the Cherokee Nation, contact Jane Ward at (918) 453-5327.