(a) Selected households already approved for other
benefits administered by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) Adult
and Family Services are normally pre-authorized during June of each year. Households pre-approved for the Low Income
Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are those who received a State Supplemental Payment (SSP), Temporary Assistance for
Needy Families (TANF), or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
benefits all 12 months of the previous year and met all the criteria in (1)
through (4) of this subsection. The
(1) received LIHEAP the previous year;
(2) address remains the same;
(3) income did not exceed eligibility
guidelines for household size during the year; and
(4) members remain the same from the
(b) Households not meeting preauthorization
criteria must complete an application per Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC)
(c) The cooling assistance part of LIHEAP normally
begins in July, and applications are taken until allocated funds are expended
per Section 8624 of Title 42 of the United States Code. • 1
(d) Refer to Appendix C-7-A, Estimated Low
Income Home Energy Assistance Program, for estimated benefit amounts. The benefit amount is based on the
household's income level, household size, cooling source, and if the cooling
bill is included in the rent amount or paid separately.
(1) The same benefit amount is approved for unsubsidized renters and
roomers with utilities included in their rent as for households whose energy
source is wood, coal, heating oil, or kerosene.
Payments for unsubsidized renters and roomers who pay a utility
surcharge included in the rent are made directly to approved households.
(2) Acceptable verification of the
surcharge may be established by an itemized statement from the landlord, a
legally-binding lease agreement showing the surcharge, or a rent receipt
designating that the fuel cost is separate from the total shelter payment.
(e) The primary home energy source for cooling is electricity.
(1) LIHEAP payments are made for utility
expenses, deposits, and reconnect charges applicable to the household's primary
source of home energy. When the utility
supplier receives payment from the client and DHS for reconnect charges or
deposits, the utility supplier must reimburse the client for those charges.
(2) When other utilities are included with the fuel bill, such as water,
sewer, or trash, the authorized benefit cannot include the other utility charges. In this situation, the applicant must provide
a utility bill that itemizes the charges for each utility or this information
must be obtained from the energy supplier.
(f) Payments may be made to purchase cooling equipment such as fans and
window air conditioning units or to repair existing cooling equipment.
(g) When direct payment cannot be made to the energy supplier, approved
payment may be made directly to the household on a debit card or, when the
household receives TANF or SSP cash assistance by direct deposit, payment may
be made through direct deposit in the same bank account per OAC 340:65-3-6
debit card and direct deposit procedures.