ACAP unveils heating assistance guidelines

12 years ago

    Aroostook County Action Program (ACAP) will be administering the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) again this year. LIHEAP provides financial assistance to eligible low-income households to offset the high cost of home heating.
    During the first two weeks in September 2012, ACAP staff will complete applications over the telephone for those households who were eligible for LIHEAP last year and whose only source of income was Social Security or SSI. The last two weeks in September will be spent mailing out appointment letters to other households who received a LIHEAP benefit last year.
    Households at risk of hypothermia will receive priority with scheduling and includes those who had a member 60 years of age and older or with children under the age of 24 months or those with a medical condition documented by a physician.
    Households who did not receive LIHEAP last year may check with ACAP beginning in October 2012 for appointment availability.
Priority for scheduling this year will be provided to those households who are directly responsible for their own heat.
    Arrangements may also be made to visit homebound individuals by calling ACAP.
    ACAP’s initial allocation for LIHEAP indicates a reduction in administrative funding which means program staffing will be reduced.
    This may impact customer response time. Anyone who would like to obtain additional information about LIHEAP may call ACAP Community Services Department at 800-585-3053 or 768-3053.
    At this time, benefit amounts are unknown and funds are not expected to become available until late October.
    Aroostook County Action Program provides the people of Aroostook with services and programs in the areas of health, nutrition, child and family, energy and housing, case management, and employment and training.