(a) Selected households approved for other benefits
administered by Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) Adult and Family
Services are normally pre-authorized during October of each year without filing
an application. 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 household:
(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 who do not meet preauthorization
criteria must complete an application per Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC)
(c) The heating assistance part of LIHEAP normally
begins in December, 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, heating source, and if the heating bill is included in the rent amount or
(1) The same payment schedule is used 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 surcharge for
utilities included in their 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) Primary sources of home energy for heating include natural gas,
electricity, propane, firewood, kerosene, coal, or butane.
(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, such as water,
sewer, or trash, are included with the fuel bill 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 are not made for blankets, emergency
repair on the home, new or additional heating equipment, or heating
appliances. Propane tank rental and
delivery charges are not covered, when they are identifiable.
(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.