In 2015 ALPI announced a new partnership with Tampa's Senior
Connection Center, Inc. (SCC) in administering the Polk County Emergency
Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program (EHEAP). As a result
of Polk County no longer administering the EHEAP program as of
March 31, 2015, ALPI was specifically selected as a possible administering
agency, especially in light of ALPI already administering the
LIHEAP program. After much consideration, and with ALPI Board
approval, ALPI officially became the administering agency for
the EHEAP program in Polk County, Florida on April 1, 2015.
ABOUT EHEAP: The Emergency Home Energy Assistance for
the Elderly Program (EHEAP) assists low-income households that
include at least one person age 60 or older when the households
experience a home energy emergency. This program is 100-percent
federally funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
EHEAP is a component of the federally funded Low-Income Home Energy
Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which is administered by the Florida
Department of Economic Opportunity.
PAYMENTS/BENEFITS: Payments are for home heating or cooling
and other emergency energy-related costs during the heating (October-March)
and cooling (April-September) seasons. Eligible households may
be provided one benefit per season. The maximum crisis benefit
is $600.00 per household per season. Payments are made directly
to the vendor for electricity, natural gas, propane, fuel oil,
kerosene, or wood.
Program beneficiaries may receive vouchers to purchase blankets,
portable heaters, and fans. The program can also help pay for
repairs to existing heating or cooling equipment or for energy-related
utility reconnection fees.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible for assistance, households
must have all of the following:
For more information about the EHEAP program,
please contact Cheryl Burnham, LIHEAP/Community Services Director
Phone: 863-956-3491, ext. 224 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org