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Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
The heating assistance program provides assistance to low-income households. The program is funded by the Federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) block grant. The program runs from November 1st through April 30th. An eligible household may receive one heating assistance grant during this period.
Application Process Priority Order:
- Elderly or Disabled
- Households with children under the age of six (6)
- All other households
Budget cuts have resulted in the elimination of the Alaska Affordable Heating Program which assisted households with income between 151% and 225% of poverty. If you fall into this income category, you will not qualify for assistance this winter. If your income is less than 150% of the federal poverty income guidelines, you may receive a benefit but it will be about 30% lower than what you have received in the past several years.
BBNA will NOT be sending Supplemental benefits in 2017. Please plan accordingly.
FY 2017 Poverty Guidelines
|# of People in Household||Gross Monthly Income / Less than 150% of Poverty|
*Please add $648.00 for each additional household member over 6 members.
What can you do to prepare?
- Keep paying your heating bills. While you wait for a decision on your application, make regular payments each month to your electric and fuel vendors to prevent crisis.
- Contact your vendor and get on a budget plan. These plans take into consideration your annual usage and then set you up for a set, budget, amount each month. This spreads out the cost of heating and makes the payments more manageable and easier to budget for.
- Create your own “Energy Fund”. Start to put a little money aside each week/month to cover your heating bills when winter comes.
- Plan ahead NOW! Set aside some (or all) of your Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) and/or Native Corporation dividends to pay for electric and fuel this coming winter. Doing this will not affect your eligibility for heating assistance.
- Sign-up for weatherization or seal up drafts in your home yourself. Anywhere you can feel cold air coming in, the heat can also escape. Put a door sweep on the bottom of your door, use fluorescent bulbs, wrap your hot water heater, and turn down the thermostat.
- Find the agency serving your area on the State’s Heating Assistance website: www.heatinghelp.alaska.gov
- For more information on free and low-cost weatherization go to https://www.ahfc.us/efficiency/energy-programs/weatherization/ or
- call Alaska Housing Finance Corporation at 1-800-478-2432
- Dress in Layers. Before turning up your heat, put on an extra layer of clothing, socks and slippers.
- Look for other resources. Call 211, the Statewide agency hotline. See if there are other programs in your community that can help you.
- Learn to save energy dollars by changing your habits. For more tips and information, see the Alaska Energy Authority booklet, “Energy Savers Tips for Rural Alaska” at http://www.akenergyauthority.org/PFD%20files/alaska_tips_final.pdf
For more information; contact the BBNA Workforce Development 477 LIHEAP Case Worker at 842-2262 or Toll-free 1-888-285-2262.