M E M O R A N D U M
IM-14 1/25/01 ADDITIONAL
FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCIES
|ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY ACTION
|Due to the receipt of additional LIHEAP
funding, we plan to allocate an additional $12.6 million to the Community
Action Agencies for the Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP).
In addition to this action, we have also
revised the ECIP contract to expedite delivery of benefits to those eligible
households experiencing an energy related crisis.
These changes include the following:
DFS crisis procedures have not changed.
We will continue to refer households to the Community Action Agency when
the Energy Assistance benefit amount is not enough to restore/continue
Increase the income eligibility maximums to
150% of the federal poverty level
Increase the maximum benefit amount a household
can receive in one heating season from $400 to $600
Household does not have to have a disconnect
notice in order to receive benefits
Allow ECIP funds to pay past due heating bills
We will, however, refer households who
have been denied Energy Assistance benefits due to excess income, to the
Community Action Agency since their income guidelines are higher.
(Do not use an EA-1F form to refer these households.)
Review this material with all staff
members who are assigned direct responsibility for the acceptance and processing
of Energy Assistance applications, as well as any staff responsible
for supervision of these staff members.
Any further questions related to Energy Assistance
should be cleared through normal supervisory channels.
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