|The Powhatan Renape Nation's LIHEAP Program|
LIHEAP stands for Low Income Home Energy Assistance
Program. The Powhatan Renape Nation receives a grant from
the Federal Government each year which helps American Indian Families
heat their homes during the cold, harsh, winter months. Assistance checks
are sent directly to the fuel companies on behalf of the eligible
clients. Sending the checks in this manner is extremely efficient, as the
fuel vendors quickly receive the money, thus enabling the eligible
families to receive the maximum benefit from the assistance.
Each year, over 840 American Indian people are served. We received our first LIHEAP grant in October 1985 (for FY 1986) and we hope to continue serving the American Indian population in the coming years. Due to recent funding cuts, the Powhatan Renape Nation is struggling to continue to meet the needs of those families who cannot afford heat.