LIHEAP News Wrap Up, Pt. 1

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With warmer and warmer weather blazing across country fields and city playgrounds, summer got underway early this year. Crisis Funding deadlines from winter were still being met through the end of April even as calls for cooling assistance were already starting to pour into CAAs and related energy assistance advocates, non-profits, and charities around the country.  Juggling responses to both groups where they started to overlap toward the end of April, notable cases in point included

 

The Iowa Utility Board’s extension of a LIHEAP moratorium regarding shut-offs for Flood victims, with KWWL reporting that the traditional April 1stdeadline had been extended a full 6 weeks through May 13th  after Governor Reynolds issued disaster proclamations for 57 of the state’s 99 counties due to the widespread damage. 1

Similar actions taken in later May and June down in Arkansas, where many blue-collar neighborhoods and working class communities were devastated by water damage, with CAAs like the Community Action Program for Central Arkansas and non-profits like the Salvation Army who are offering “utility bill assistance to people who have no other options. Grants can be used to heat the homes of White County area residents or to pay a cooling bill. The aid is for those who are in financial hardship. Salvation Army programs help save lives, stabilize families faced with unexpected crises and provide qualified area residents with a critical social safety net. Any aid from the Salvation Army doesn’t replace federal solutions (such as LIHEAP) or state of Arkansas energy bill assistance. Rather it supplements those resources and programs.” 2

With air conditioners already kicking on across Maryland throughout April, the Tallatoona Community Action Partnership announced their cooling assistance program would begin at the top of May with families eligible for between $350 and $400 of help with keeping their homes safe and cool this summer. 3

1. https://kwwl.com/news/top-stories/2019/03/29/iowa-utility-board-extends-liheap-moratorium-for-flood-victims/

2. https://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/white_and_independence_salvati.html 

3. https://www.mdjonline.com/neighbor_newspapers/news/state/liheap-program-now-providing-cooling-assistance/article_e6402cf2-d86d-5dce-969d-95812c14e6e8.html