LIEAP Web Application 2018-2019

APPLICANT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITES

  1. LOW-INCOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIEAP)
    • LIEAP pays heat costs directly to a utility provider or fuel supplier. The amount of energy assistance you are approved for will be applied to heating charges from the monthly natural gas or electric meter read dates occurring within the Wyoming LIEAP season. For propane, wood, coal, or heating oil the amount of energy assistance you are approved for will be applied to heating charges resulting from fills occurring within the Wyoming LIEAP season.


    • Heating assistance cannot be used: to pay heating bills for non-residential buildings such as a shop, studio, garage or business; to fill extra storage tanks; as a “credit” for fuel to be delivered after the season ends; or to pay late fees, collection fees or other financial penalties. You may receive LIEAP benefits in only one household during the season. State LIEAP and Tribal LIEAP cannot be received in the same season.


    • LIEAP benefits are not intended to pay for all heating costs. Costs owed (to a utility provider/fuel supplier or landlord after LIEAP benefits have been applied as applicable) are your responsibility. LIEAP benefits are seasonal and must be applied for each season. Any LIEAP benefit you don’t use in the season will revert back to the State to be distributed to eligible applicants during the next LIEAP season. Remaining benefits are not disbursed to you as cash or credit on fuel.


    • The program’s top priority is given to households whose members are elderly (age 60 or older) or disabled, and/or with children under six years of age. Therefore these households are mailed applications first. The second priority is applications for households in remote areas whose main source of heat is a non-regulated fuel (propane, wood, coal, or heating oil). The program’s third priority is given to households whose main source of heat is regulated fuel (natural gas and electric).


  2. WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (WAP)
    • WAP is designed to help low-income households overcome the high costs of energy by making their homes more energy efficient. Priority is given to households with elderly (age 60 or older), or disabled members, and/or with children under six years of age. All weatherization work is based on a thorough energy audit of the home. Households are placed on a waiting list using a priority point system. Approval for LIEAP/WAP does not guarantee that weatherization services will be received. A Weatherization Agency may contact you. The residence must not be expected to be offered for sale or rent within the next twelve (12) months. A Department of Energy related program must not have already provided weatherization assistance to this residence.


    • It is your responsibility to contact the appropriate weatherization agency about any problems or concerns with the work done to your home within twelve (12) months from the date that the work was completed. You further understand that it is best to report problems within thirty (30) to sixty (60) days to ensure a prompt and satisfactory resolution. You must meet the requirements for LIEAP to be eligible for consideration of the Weather Assistance Program (WAP). WAP is provided at no cost to you to help reduce energy costs.

Weatherization Offices Phone Numbers:
 Casper: 307-235-9007  Riverton: 307-856-9077  Thayne/Afton: 307-883-6200
 Gillette:&Northeast 307-686-2730  Green River: 307-875-1890  Worland: 307-347-2200
 Laramie/Cheyenne/Rawlins: 307-638-2356  Torrington: 307-532-2287  Powell: 307-754-2844
  1. PROGRAM DATES
    • Application processing will begin October 1st, 2018. The last day to submit an application for LIEAP is February 28, 2019. Consideration for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is available year round, therefore Applications received after February 28, 2019 will be reviewed for consideration for WAP.  Applications are processed in the order in which they are received.


  2. ENERGY EMERGENCY INTERVENTION ASSISTANCE FOR SPECIAL SITUATIONS
    • If you are at risk for a heat loss emergency, such as a shutoff or pending shutoff, or non-working furnace/boiler/heat system, select the situation that applies to you on the application (Additional documents may be required). Assistance is handled on a case-by-case basis.


  3. DISCRIMINATION ACT
    • The application presented by the applicant will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, age, handicap, religion, national origin, marital status, or political belief. If you believe you have been discriminated against, you can file a complaint with the Department of Family Services. We do, however, need an indication of race, marital status, sex, and disability for statistical purposes.


  4. PRIVACY ACT INFORMATION
    • Information requested on the application is required in order to determine eligibility and to comply with other program requirements. Records are maintained for review, analysis, research, and evaluation by the State of Wyoming, Federal Agencies, and their authorized representatives. Information provided is kept confidential, except that DFS may disclose the information without your consent, in the following instances:


      1. To federal, state, or local authorities who are responsible for administering or enforcing the regulations of the program for which you apply or receive benefits: these authorities may begin an investigation or bring civil or criminal action on the basis of the information they receive regarding your case.


      2. To a court, judge, or other administrative legal body, when the information is required in a civil or criminal proceeding.


  5. AUTHORITY TO REQUIRE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER AND COMPUTER MATCHING
    • The applicant is not required to provide a Social Security Number (SSN) for all household members when applying for LIEAP and WAP benefits, but it is strongly encouraged. Providing this may expedite the processing of your application. The information you report will be verified by computer matching using social security numbers. Align will compare information on the application with information on record with the Department of Family Services. All persons listed on the application will be included whether or not they receive benefits. Outside sources and/or your household members will be asked to verify inconsistent information. The information received may affect your eligibility and benefits.


  6. INCOME GUIDELINES FOR 2018-2019

Family Size Monthly Annual Family Size Monthly Annual
1 $2,186 $26,232 9 $5,928 $71,130
2 $2,859 $34,304 10 $6,054 $72,644
3 $3,531 $42,375 11 $6,180 $74,157
4 $4,204 $50,447 12 $6,306 $75,671
5 $4,877 $50,447 13 $6,432 $77,184
6 $5,549 $66,590 14 $6,558 $78,697
7 $5,675 $68,130 15 $6,684 $80,211
8 $5,801 $69,617  

  1. FAIR HEARING
    • If the application is not acted upon within 45 days of receipt of all documentation without good cause, you may request a fair hearing within 10 days from the time that 45 day period ends.


    • If your application is denied, you must first request a Local Conference with Align within 10 days of the date of denial. This request must be in writing. Align is providing services for LIEAP for the State of Wyoming.


    • If issues are unresolved after Align’s local conference, you may request an administrative hearing to be conducted by the State Program Manager. This request must be in writing. If issues are unresolved after administrative hearing, you may request a fair hearing. A written request must be submitted within 10 days of the State Program Manager’s administrative hearing result. For more information regarding the fair hearing and local conference process you may call Align at 1-800-246-4221. If you do not have a phone, you may mail Align at PO Box 827, Cheyenne WY 82003.