The Administration for Children and Families has made $18.5 million available to low-income families in South Dakota to assist with heating costs and energy repairs, reports Native Sun News Today. The total amount includes a $2.9 million in tribal set-aside for the Oglala, Rosebud, Lower Brule, Cheyenne River and Yankton Sioux Tribes. This year’s funding levels are consistent with the previous year of funding.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) aims to keep low-income families safe during the winter and summer months by providing financial assistance to defray energy costs. Households with incomes below 175 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible for assistance.
For more information on heating assistance in South Dakota, visit the South Dakota Department of Social Services’ website or call 1-866-674-6327.
To learn more about energy assistance in the Black Hills region, visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network’s online news archive.