LIHWAP DCL-2022-04 Upcoming TTA for Federal Program Coordination FY2022
Dear Colleague Letter
DATE: December 2, 2021
TO: Low Income Household Water Assistant Program (LIHWAP) Recipients
SUBJECT: Training and Technical Assistance Opportunities for Guidance on Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA)/LIHEAP Coordination
The purpose of this communication is to provide additional information to Low Income Household Water Assistance (LIHWAP) recipients regarding coordination efforts between the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program this winter. The Office of Community Services (OCS) encourages LIHWAP recipients to participate to support partnership, collaboration, and system integration at the state and local levels.
On November 10, 2021, OCS, the Treasury Department, and the White House hosted a listening session with several LIHEAP, LIHWAP, Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and ERA administrators on coordination efforts. On November 18, 2021, OCS released LIHWAP- Dear Colleague Letter (DCL)-2022-03 to provide information about the LIHEAP and ERA coordination, and to encourage increased coordination across all OCS programs.
The release of this guidance coincided with a White House virtual convening on how federal utility assistance funding can be leveraged to mitigate the impact of rising home heating costs this winter for low-income households. For those who were unable to attend, the White House has published a read-out Visit disclaimer pagefrom and recording Visit disclaimer page of the convening as well as a fact sheet Visit disclaimer page with calls to action for states, localities, Tribes, and utilities and energy providers.
Training and Technical Assistance
Utility Assistance Coordination Webinars
As a follow up to the convening and the release of the LIHEAP guidance, OCS will host joint webinars with the U.S. Department of the Treasury to discuss the various ways LIHEAP and ERA grant recipients can coordinate and collaborate to meet the comprehensive home energy needs of individuals and families this winter. OCS strongly encourages LIHWAP recipients to participate in these webinars:
Upcoming Office Hours
In addition, OCS will host a series of office hours to support LIHEAP and ERA grant recipients as they begin to adopt coordination guidance and continue to implement best practices. Each office hour session will be limited to 15 individuals on a first come, first serve basis to maximize assistance. When possible, OCS encourages LIHWAP recipients to coordinate with the respective LIHEAP, CSBG, and/or ERA directors in their state to attend the same office hour.
Individuals should pre-register and include any potential questions with their registration. This will allow OCS and the U.S. Treasury to thoroughly prepare for sessions and/or provide written guidance to maximize the time during each office hour. While Tribes and Tribal Organizations are invited to sign up for any of the sessions, the final session is specifically reserved for only Tribes and Tribal Organizations.
- Monday, January 10th, from 2:00 — 3:00 p.m. (ET).
- Tuesday, January 11th, from 2:00 — 3:00 p.m. (ET).
- Monday, January 24th, from 1:00 — 2:00 p.m. (ET).
- Tuesday, January 25th, from 2:00 — 3:00 p.m. (ET). (Reserved for Tribes and Tribal Organizations only)
Please fill out this registration form Visit disclaimer page for one of the above sessions. Registration will close 48 hours before each session. If you have questions or need further information, please contact your federal LIHWAP Program Specialist.
Thank you for your attention to these matters. OCS looks forward to continuing to provide high-quality services to OCS grantees.
Director, Division of Energy Assistance
Office of Community Services