Assistance for cooling and heating bills, air conditioning window units, electric blankets, and more are available from the Financial Assistance Department.
The department provides numerous services, which include Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Energy Crisis assistance, Community Services Block Grant, and Crisis Assistance.
The fiscal year closes on Sept. 30 and air conditioning window units are still available for low income Native American households within Osage County that qualify.
Beginning a new fiscal year will also bring change to the Energy Assistance Program.
The heating season will begin on Dec. 1 and end Feb. 29, 2016, according to a prepared release. During that time frame, the Osage Nation will accept applications for assistance on heating bills and heating materials, such as space heaters, electric blankets and weatherization kits.
Energy Crisis assistance is available year round and includes the repair or replacement of heating and cooling systems and preventive maintenance for eligible homeowners.
Preferences are applied to enrolled members of the Osage Nation and priorities will include: Osage Elderly 55 years and older, Osage Veterans, Osage members with disabilities and Osage households with children 9 years of age and younger.
“While we continue to improve services and enhance programs, the Financial Assistance Department is scheduled to relocate its office to Pawhuska in the near future,” said Jodie Revard, director for the program.
She said the Community Services Block Grant and Crisis Assistance exhausted all funding for the current fiscal year and on Oct. 1 both programs will have their 2016 funding.
“Both programs are subject to an appropriation from the Osage Nation Congress and the Community Services Block Grant awaits to receive federal funding awards,” she said. “The Financial Assistance Department will provide a public notice when the programs reopen to constituents.”
For more information regarding the Energy Assistance Program call (918) 287-5325 or (888) 822-1248 or visit the website at www.osagenation-nsn.gov/what-we-do/financial-assistance.