(1) Except as provided elsewhere in this rule, households which consist solely of members receiving supplemental security income, TANF-funded cash assistance, or county or tribal general assistance are automatically financially eligible for low income energy assistance benefit awards.
(2) Households which consist of members receiving SSI, TANF-funded cash assistance, or county or tribal general assistance, and other individuals whose income and resources were not considered in determining eligibility for SSI, TANF-funded cash assistance, or general assistance are not automatically eligible for low income energy assistance but must meet the financial requirements set forth in this rule.
(3) Individuals living in shelters, including but not limited to recipients of SSI, TANF-funded cash assistance, or county or tribal general assistance, are not eligible for low income energy assistance. Individuals living in licensed group-living situations as defined in ARM 37.70.401 may be eligible if they meet all other requirements for eligibility. Individuals living in licensed group-living situations which are not group-living situations as defined in ARM 37.70.401 are not eligible for low income energy assistance.
(4) Households which contain a member who is enrolled at least half time in an institution of higher education and who was claimed for the previous tax year as a dependent for federal income tax purposes by a taxpayer who is not a member of a household which is eligible in the current heating season, or which would be eligible in the current heating season if the household applied, are ineligible for low income energy assistance.
(5) Households deemed to be within the service population of an Indian tribe which received direct funding from the department to run its own program shall not be eligible for further LIEAP benefits from the state within the current heating season.
(6) Residents of publicly subsidized housing whose heating costs are included as a portion of their rent and whose rent is a fixed portion of their income are not eligible for low income energy assistance benefits provided for in ARM 37.70.601 but are eligible for weatherization assistance as provided for in ARM Title 37, chapter 71.
(7) Current and future benefits may be denied any applicant or recipient who, having been prioritized for weatherization services as a high excess energy user, according to the criteria set forth in ARM 37.71.401 and 37.71.601, refuses, from reasons within his control, energy conservation services for the weatherization assistance program (WAP). The applicant or recipient may become eligible for benefits again by accepting the WAP energy conservation services.