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LIHWAP Focus Groups - Shared screen with speaker view
Lisa Goben
08:36
no I logged in on my phone
Connie Johnson
08:54
Connie Johnson, CSC
Dan Elliott(He/Him/His)OHCS
08:55
Dan Elliott, Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Housing and Community Services
Jessi Adams, CAPO she/her
09:02
Jessi Adams, Utility Policy Coordinator, CAPO
Eric Noll (he/him), City of Portland
09:06
Eric Noll (he/him), State Lobbyist, City of Portland
Serene Grant
09:15
Serene Grant. Clackamas County Energy Assistance.
Lori Scharton
09:32
Lori Scharton, Energy Assistance Program Director, NeighborImpact - Central Oregon
Michelle Ehara
09:32
Hello, Michelle Ehara, Office Manager for Community Action-Energy Services in Salem.
Rachel King
09:36
Rachel King, Amity City Councilor
Chris Storey
09:39
Chris Storey, WES Assistant Director (utility)
Dan Brown
09:46
Dan Brown, Community Action Team, serving Tillamook, Clatsop, and Columbia Counties.
Mariah Acton (she/her), OHCS
09:50
Good morning, Mariah Acton with OHCS joining from Eugene
Sheri Gutierrez
09:51
Sheri Gutierrez, Lead Energy Coordinator - CAPECO
Emily Hurd
09:55
Emily Hurd, Energy specialist, Community Connection of Northeast Oregon
mike thomas
10:08
Mike Thomas, Amity City Administrator
Corbett White
10:21
Hello, Corbett White, Financial Assistance Program Manager for the Portland Water Bureau
Mid Columbia Community Action Slusher
11:17
Kasey Buckles, Interim Utilities Assistance Program Manager, Mid Columbia Community Action
Stephanie Talbott
21:18
Re: Q3 -We have long term relationships with utilities providing both heat and water, but not all places just providing water.
mike thomas
28:58
Totally agree with my Councilor!
mike thomas
44:05
Thank you, Lori! That was very helpful.
Rachel King
44:06
That was helpful, thank you Lori
Jessi Adams, CAPO she/her
45:08
There is a process in the LIHEAP program that allows us to pay electricity that is in the landlords name. I cant speak for OHCS but I would guess that there would be a similar process in place for this?
Corbett White
46:17
Thanks Jessi!
Chris Storey
46:34
Does that decrease the tenant's rent?
Lori Scharton
47:11
When it is in the landlord's name, that is usually a direct payment.
Stephanie Talbott
50:09
And how to make sure the benefit is passed on to the low-income tenant?
Stephanie Talbott
51:47
What is the definition of a 'utility'? We have many mobile parks that are on the water provider list from our environmental health dept.
Sheri Gutierrez
56:52
Could these funds be used towards arrearages for irrigation utilities?
Joy Aldrich (OHCS) (she/her/hers)
57:45
Based on the federal stipulations, irrigation utilities are not included in this program. However, we can include wastewater and stormwater charges.
Rachel King
57:53
Was it said that eligibility will be 150% FPL?
Joy Aldrich (OHCS) (she/her/hers)
59:28
Rachel, the eligibility that we will use is 60% state median income, which is very similar to 150% FPL. This is the same eligibility used for the LIHEAP (energy assistance) program.
Chris Storey
01:01:29
For success: clear direction on how to identify eligible customers and smooth flow of information in the program.
Mariah Acton (she/her), OHCS
01:01:54
Thanks Chris!
Chris Storey
01:02:24
Because of the renter barrier, most of our eligible LIH are seniors on fixed incomes. Would like to broaden the program reach
mike thomas
01:02:38
Thank you for the clarification.
Sheri Gutierrez
01:03:43
Will we be using a payment matrix like with LIHEAP or will this be more like a floor to ceiling payment based on arrearages?
Rachel King
01:05:37
I see importance in sharing enough info that people can fairly easily see whether or not they are eligible before they make that first contact to request assistance.
Chris Storey
01:06:18
Thank you!
Chris Storey
01:06:49
Next steps: connecting with the team more on the program and looking at the LIHEAP model
Rachel King
01:06:50
Thank you all for all the work that has already went into making this happen across our state!
Lori Scharton
01:07:16
Thank you for the details so far for the program. Income and type. Next question is far down the road, but multiple requests on a single application can get tricky if they are expected to all be taken care of in the same day.
Corbett White
01:07:32
I received confirmation that the LIWHA program will operate very similar to the LIHEAP which helps me to know what to expect. My next step will be to set up a meeting the Multnomah County to discuss the program design.
Dan Brown
01:07:49
Keep it as simple as possible! Thank you for all the work that has already gone into making this a reality.