Oklahoma Department of Human Services Helps Low-Income Citizens Pay Cooling Bills

Oklahoma Department of Human Services Helps Low-Income Citizens Pay Cooling Bills

Summer days in Oklahoma are hot! That is why many people are fleeing on vacations or going to the beach just to cool off. But, for those who stay in their homes, turning up their air conditioning units and fans is the best way to stay cool this summer.

With the increase in the usage of air conditioning and fans, electricity bills will start to soar to yearly highs. This increase in utilities makes it especially difficult for low-income citizens to stay cool during the hot days. They either cool their homes and pay for a higher bill or compromise themselves during these hot days and risk doing damage to their health.

To help low-income citizens pay their increasing cooling bills, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services will be offering an assistance program to qualified low-income families. Approximately $16 million will be provided by the federal government for its Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Households that qualify for the program must have a maximum of $1,024 net monthly income for a one-person household and up to $3,565 net monthly income for an eight-person household. Those who are qualified can apply at the department starting this week.

Qualified households will receive this one-time benefit of between $120 for one-person household and up to $180 for a household of two or more.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate Agent

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