Long conceptual bedfellows and literal lifesavers, the reliability and proven results of an energy assistance program that utilizes both a short term – LIHEAP – and longer term – Weatherization Assistance (WAP) – solution plan on any single dwelling or broader community, say in the instance of an apartment community where all units are involved, have proven time and again to be a powerful combination with permanent relief for affected households.
In this first of two articles, LIHEAP.org offers a special report surrounding Native American tribes and their support of LIHEAP as a national program that's vital for many tribes. The following interview was written and reported by Jake Brown with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama.
t’s April and snow is still falling in Pennsylvania. Given the prolonged heating season, essential advocacy groups like the Pennsylvania Utility Law Project (PULP) employed the latest technology to maximize outreach opportunities, specifically an educational webinar-webcast to reach people in the convenience of their own homes, an especially important convenience for elderly and disabled program beneficiaries not able to travel to physical CAA locations. Designed to get the community involved ahead of the opening of enrollment seasons, PULP held a similar webinar last year to “review the proposed 2018 Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) state plan and solicit interested individuals to file comments on various aspects of the plan.”
Snowfall hit Arkansas this winter with a fierce blow. As the storm rolled through, community action agencies across the state planned ‘mass intake’ days, keeping their doors and phone lines open to long lines of individuals in need of help from programs like LIHEAP. CAAs processed thousands of Winter Crisis applications and added more hours to their staff programs in anticipation of a storm-driven spike in lines.