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Posted November 19th, 2013 in Louisiana Appliances by admin

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is administered by Louisiana Housing Finance Agency through a partnership with the Louisiana Association for Community Action Partnerships (LACAP), which contracts with local agencies to delivery services to the 64 parishes.

Federal Authorization: The LIHEAP was authorized by the Low-Income Home Energy Act of 1981 (Title XXVI of Public Law 97-35; the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981). As stated in Sec. 2602 (a) the program was authorized to assist low-income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes, that pay a high proportion of household income for home energy, primarily in meeting their immediate home energy needs.

LIHEAP Distribution Formula: LIHEAP funds are distributed to the 40 LIHEAP providers, including one Indian Tribe, through a statewide LIHEAP distribution formula. The distribution formula is based on each parish’s percentage of children (5 and younger), disabled, and elderly (60 and older). Some agencies provide services to one parish while other agencies provide services to a delivery area composed of several parishes. The Clifton Choctaw Reservation, Incorporation, is located in Clifton, Louisiana, Rapides parish.

Eligibility is based on:

  • Household vulnerability
    A household has to be at least partially responsible for meeting its residential heating or cooling energy costs.
  • Household income
    Household income must not exceed 60% of the State’s median income.

Payment of benefits:
Payments on behalf of clients are made to energy suppliers by the providers. The client may have the payment made to one energy supplier or may have the payment split between two energy suppliers. Households may not be certified for assistance more often than once every six months.

LIHEAP Crisis Intervention Assistance Policy:
In accordance with Section 2605(c) of public Law 97-35, LIHEAP contractors will provide assistance to eligible individuals and families whose social or economic hardships are compounded by a home heating or cooling energy crisis.  The program will provide an energy payment and/or in-kind benefit up to a maximum benefit amount of $475. In-kind benefits are: fan, space heater (vented or electric), air conditioner repair, and heater/furnace repair. In cases when the repairs exceed the cost, replacement is allowable. All in-kind benefits are limited to the $475 maximum benefit amount.

Eligibility Requirements:
To be eligible for LIHEAP Crisis Assistance, the applicant’s household must meet the following requirements:

  • Income Eligibility
  • Vulnerability
  • Threatened (disconnect notice) or actual interruption of utility services OR lacking a cooling/heating source
  • Faced with health and/or safety hazard

The household can receive only one crisis assistance benefit during a 12-month period. Participation in the Non-Crisis program does not preclude eligibility for Crisis Assistance program.
Timelines: Section 2604(c) (1) and (2) of Public Law 97-35 provide the assistance to resolve the crisis be delivered to the household within the following timelines:

  • Non life-threatening crisis – Service shall be delivered within 48 hours
  • Life-threatening crisis – Service shall be delivered within 18 hours

General Contact

Ms. Darleen Okammor
Program Manager
Louisiana Housing Corporation
Energy Assistance Department
2415 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808
TEL: (225) 763-8700 Ext 236
FAX: (225) 763-8752
E-MAIL: dokammor@lhc.la.gov
WEB SITE: www.lhc.la.gov/programs/energy_assistance/low_income_energy.aspx
PUBLIC INQUIRIES: 1-888-454-2001