The Ma-Chis Lower Creek Indian Tribe of Alabama announces it is now accepting applications for assistance through its annual Low-Income Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) grant award.

The grant, which is for the fiscal year 2020, allows for financial assistances for tribal members to cover the costs associated with cooling, home weatherization, and crisis instances such as those with documented medical conditions, experiencing a sudden job loss or other benefits and income, heating equipment malfunction, domestic violence and those with shut off notices. Tribal citizens must live in Coffee, Crenshaw, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Houston, Henry, Pike, Bullock and Montgomery counties. The grant covers applicable charges from June 1 through Sept. 30.

Applicants are required to meet the following income guidelines based on family size:

Household size    Income Limit

1                         $19,140

2                         $25,960

3                         $32,580

4                         $39,300

5                         $46,020

6                         $52,740

7                         $59,460

8                         $66,180

Additionally, applicants must not have received any other energy assistance program funding, and the Tribe does consider households categorically eligible if one household member receives one or more of TANF, SSI, SNAP, or Means-tested Veterans Programs.

To apply, tribal members must provide the following:

• Valid ID such as a driver’s licenses, sate ID, tribal ID, and tribal enrollment verification;

• Social Security cards for all members of the household;

• Income verification for all household members; and,

• A current utility bill (electric, natural gas or propane).

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