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Social Services

Social Services

Kathryn Nenneman, Director

 

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Program Purpose:

LIHEAP is a federal program that assists eligible, low income households in paying home energy costs.

Program Description:

AVCP Social Services administers LIHEAP as the Energy Assistance Program (EAP) and two other components: 1) Crisis Heating Assistance Program (CHAP), and 3) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). Through these subprograms we assist with heating fuel, firewood, fuel for harvesting firewood, utility payments, heating units, chimney systems, as well as window and door replacement.

Eligibility Requirements:

Households in our service area with a total income under 150% of the federal poverty guideline

Application Process:

Applications are updated annually and sent to all previous year’s applicants and to the tribal offices. Households apply collectively with proof of income for all adults. The application is reviewed and certified by the tribe, then forwarded to AVCP for processing. Clients are notified of the final decision and, if approved, payments are made to vendors on their behalf.

Contact Information:
Social Services Department (907)543-8700

 

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Welfare Assistance Program

Program Purpose:

BIA Welfare Assistance programs provide financial assistance payments to eligible households through the General Assistance (GA) and Burial Assistance (BA) subprograms.

Program Description:
General Assistance (GA) is a program that provides financial assistance payments to eligible Alaska Native and American Indians for essential needs, which are: food, clothing, shelter and utilities.
Burial Assistance (BA) is an indigent burial program. Assistance is available only in the absence of other resources. An application will be accepted from the surviving spouse or, in the absence of a surviving spouse, the relative responsible for making the arrangements.

Eligibility Requirements:
GA: must be a member of an Alaska Native or American Indian tribe, reside in the AVCP service area and have insufficient resources and income to meet the essential need items.

BA: Eligibility is based on the income and resources available to the deceased, which includes but is not limited to Supplementary Security Income (SSI), veterans’ death benefits, social security, and Individual Indian Money (IIM). Determination of need will be accomplished on a case-by-case basis using the BIA payment standard of $2,500.00. Must have been a member of an Alaska Native or American Indian tribe who resided in the AVCP service area, defined as the location the deceased last lived for six full, consecutive months.

Application Process:

General Assistance applicants submit a complete application for a single family unit, consisting of a married couple with minor children. Recertification is required each new month.

Burial Assistance applications must be submitted within 30 days following death. Include proof of income for the deceased, if married, include proof of income for the surviving spouse.

Applications will be processed using the annually updated BIA needs standards and clients will be notified of the final decision.

Contact Information:
Social Services Department 907-543-8700
Fax: (907) 543-7479

 

Older Americans Act Title VI and Nutrition Services Incentive Program (NSIP)

Program Purpose:

These programs were established for the provision of nutrition and supportive services for Native Americans (American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians).

Program Description:

The programs provide meals to Elders through the village public schools through contracts with the school districts throughout the school year.

Eligibility Requirements:
Elders age 60 and older residing in the service area.

Contact Information:
Social Services Department 907-543-8700
Fax: (907) 543-7479