Paying high energy bills can put enormous strain on low-income households. Luckily, assistance is available in Oklahoma. This guide covers LIHEAP energy aid, other utility help, and how to get free cell phone service if qualified.
What is LIHEAP?
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally-funded program providing heating and cooling bill assistance. LIHEAP helps qualified low-income Oklahoma households afford their energy assistance needs.
The program includes help for winter heating, summer cooling, and crisis situations when facing disconnection. LIHEAP is funded annually based on the federal budget.
Who Qualifies for LIHEAP in Oklahoma?
To receive LIHEAP assistance in Oklahoma, you must:
- Be responsible for home energy bill payments
- Meet income limits based on household size
- Have resources under $2000 for 1 person, $3000 for 2, $50 for each additional member
- Be a United States citizen or have qualified permanent residence
Native American households can apply through their tribe, federal government or the state, but you cannot receive assistance for the same program from both during the same federal fiscal year.
How to Apply for LIHEAP in Oklahoma
You can apply for LIHEAP online from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services at OKDHSLive.org. Those without internet access can call toll free at 866-411-1877 for help applying over the phone.
Provide your utility account number, supplier information, proof of income, and other full eligibility requirements and documents. Pre Approved households may not need to submit a new application.
Apply as early as possible, as LIHEAP funds are limited. Only one payment per year is allowed for each qualifying household.
How Can I Get Help Paying Electric Bill in Oklahoma?
LIHEAP provides a single annual payment applied to your main heating source, whether electricity, gas, propane, or wood. The program also offers crisis assistance if facing disconnection.
Beyond the energy assistance program LIHEAP, the Weatherization Assistance Program provides home upgrades like insulation and air sealing to reduce home energy costs.
Where to Get More Help in Oklahoma
If you need additional help beyond LIHEAP, there are other resources available for funding here:
- Community action agencies provide utility payment assistance funds.
- Local churches and charities can also help pay bills.
- Call 2-1-1 United Way to find programs in your area.
- The Salvation Army offers limited financial assistance for bills.
- St. Vincent de Paul, Catholic Charities, Red Cross also assist.
Get Free Phone Service if LIHEAP Income Qualified
Meeting LIHEAP income guidelines may qualify your household for the Lifeline and Affordable Connectivity Programs. These provide monthly discounts on phone and internet service through select Federally approved wireless companies, like EASY Wireless.
With EASY Wireless, if you qualify for LIHEAP, your income level or receive assistance from other Federal government programs like SNAP and Medicaid, may also qualify for a free smartphone and FREE cell phone service with unlimited Talk, Text and Data. Check the chart to see if you qualify through income.
We offer free wireless service, not discounted plans, to eligible households. Check your qualifications and enroll easily online.
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Watch for the LiHeap Open Enrollment Period and Cut Your Household Expenses
LIHEAP provides essential heating and cooling assistance to Oklahoma families in need. Additional utility bill help is also available through various charities.
Check if you qualify to enroll with EASY Wireless and get free monthly phone service. Every program that helps reduce costs makes a difference!