Quite often, single mothers find themselves being cut-off from the supply of energy due to non-payment. Non-payment to utility companies is caused by, low-income. Shutting off of the energy, more especially in the winter season, is risky to single mothers if staying with young children, disabled or elderly people who are sensitive to weather conditions. These people may be negatively affected when weather is too cold in winter or too hot in summer.
The Office of Community Services has assistance programs in place to help ameliorate the effects that weather may have to single moms due to unavailability of energy to control it. There is LIHEAP program designed for low-income families in the U.S who cannot afford to pay their utility costs. LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) serves low-income single mothers with utility payments in any State particularly for winter home heating costs. This federal program aims to prevent energy cut-offs and therefore help families to keep healthy.
The lack of heating energy may prompt single moms to opt for risk-attached heating alternatives such as stoves, barbeque grills and the likes, and that may possibly pose threat to household members by exposing them to, for example, poisonous carbon monoxide. Thus LIHEAP program prevents situations like these. The importance of this program is huge to low-income citizens of U.S.
For single moms to benefit from LIHEAP program in the United States they have to apply via their states. The federal government does not provide any assistance to the public but to the States of America. The states are given funds to administer the program and can therefore determine eligibility based on the needs associated with the state.
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Along with LIHEAP there is Weatherization assistance program which focuses on energy conservation and reduction of energy bills in the single mothers’ families of low-income. The program will help in insulations and repairs of heating systems in the household in an endeavor to conserve energy. This program is also funded by the federal government in the states. There is also energy crisis assistance for those who are facing immediate shut-down of energy or evictions from landlord’s apartments.
The energy assistance programs are need-based and therefore income guidelines do apply in eligibility determination. The income guidelines help any state to see if the program is offered to eligible and deserving single moms with low-income. Other criteria also work and these include citizenship, status of immigration and residency in any state. To apply for these programs, therefore, needs all particulars that prove citizenship and other qualifying factors. Proof of income, copies of utility bills and social security numbers of the household members staying with the single mom are needed.
The federal government has made things easy for single mothers in any state to access energy assistance. The government makes funding to all the states in an effort to help indigent citizens of U.S.
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