SEICAA opened the phone lines November 2nd for Low-Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) appointments! SEICAA staff throughout the seven southeast Idaho counties are scheduling appointments for energy assistance that will last through March 2012. In addition to in-office appointments, staff will travel to homes of the elderly and other households unable to make in-office visits for specific causes.
LIHEAP, in conjunction with other winter heating assistance programs such as Lend-A-Hand, Project Share and Project Warmth, provide vital assistance to households so they may heat their homes. According to the National Energy Assistance Director’s Association (NEADA), “nearly 90% of LIHEAP recipient households have at least one vulnerable member- defined as someone age 60 or older, age 18 or younger, or disabled.” NEADA conducted a survey and found that for vulnerable households “a loss of heat or electricity in the winter could have serious health and safety implications” (National Energy Assistance Director’s Association, 2011 National Energy Assistance Survey Summary Report, November 2011). LIHEAP is made possible by funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
To see if you may qualify for LIHEAP, jump to SEICAA’s “energy programs” page, contact SEICAA at 232-1114, or call any of the numbers listed under the “energy assistance” page.