Public Notice: Michigan's proposed changes to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) FY2020 State Plan to address recent flooding in Michigan Counties
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is proposing the following changes to the LIHEAP funding allocated for Weatherization services to address the floods that occurred in May, 2020. Public comment on the LIHEAP State Plan Amendment may be submitted by email to MDHHS-LIHEAP_StatePlan@michigan.gov through June 12, 2020.
- Increase income eligibility from 150% FPL to 200% FPL. This is in alignment with the current Weatherization Assistance, CSBG, and CSBG Stimulus eligibility.
- In addition to the alignment with current services, this request is especially important due to the increased number of households that are experience significant work and wage losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Flexibility of Assurance 16 funding to be transferred to disaster relief efforts.
- This could provide a minimum of $1,000,000 in funding to the areas that need it the most.
- Many A16 activities have been put on hold due to stay-at-home orders and the reduction of face-to-face services being offered at this time.
- Allowability for insulation replacement as needed.
- Allowability for mold remediation.
- Allowability for water damage clean-up.
- Allowability for continued flexibility with efforts as needs arise.
- Allowability for funding to be utilized in counties with locally declared emergencies/needs.
- A non-exhaustive list of counties includes: Arenac, Gladwin, Iosco, Muskegon, Ogemaw, Ottawa and Saginaw. This list may grow as damage is assessed or continued damage occurs.