Struggling to stay cool? Program accepting applications for cooling assistance
OKLAHOMA CITY – As temperatures continue to rise across the state, several families are struggling to keep their homes cool.
However, a program run by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services is helping those families with financial assistance.
Officials say a limited amount of summer cooling assistance funds will be available through the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
The funds are designed to help low-income households and those who are at risk for heat-related health problems because they can’t afford adequate cooling.
A single person household may receive $200, while a household of two or more may receive $250.
Only one payment per household is allowed each year for cooling assistance.
The income requirements are as follows:
- 1 person = $1,053 for a monthly net income
- 2 persons = $1,422 for a monthly net income
- 3 persons= $1,790 for a monthly net income
- 4 persons = $2,159 for a monthly net income
- 5 persons = $2,527 for a monthly net income
- 6 persons = $2,896 for a monthly net income
- 7 persons = $3,264 for a monthly net income
- 8 persons = $3,632 for a monthly net income.
Applications are being accepted on Tuesday, July 8 and will continue accepting applications until the funds are gone.
Persons applying should have the latest electric bill for their home and verification of income information.
For more information, contact your local or county DHS office.