February 22, 2000                                                                                                    Steve Neece at (615) 313-4764 or
                                                                                                                                   Patricia Harris-Morehead (615) 313-4707

Public Hearings Scheduled for State's
Energy and Weatherization Assistance Plans

The Tennessee Department of Human Services will conduct a series of public hearings on the Fiscal Year 2000-01 state plans for its Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Weatherization Assistance Program.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program assists low income households in meeting their home energy needs. Benefits include assistance for heating and cooling costs.

The Weatherization Assistance Program provides assistance to low income households to reduce their fuel costs through increased energy efficiency and consumer education. Services provided by the program include the following: installation of attic, floor, wall and water heater insulation; weather-stripping; thresholds; caulking of doors and windows; and storm windows.

The hearings will be held on the following dates:

March 3, 20001:00 p.m.Knoxville - Knox County Community Action Committee
L.T. Ross Building
(Conference Room B)
2247 Western Avenue
Knoxville, Tennessee
March 7, 200010:00 a.m.Citizens Plaza State Office Building
2nd Floor Conference Room
400 Deaderick Street
Nashville, Tennessee
March 10, 200010:00 a.m.Shelby County Community Services Agency
100 North Main
4th Floor Conference Room
Memphis, Tennessee

Information concerning the hearings and requests for copies of the proposed state plans should be addressed to:

Steve Neece, Director of Energy and Food Programs
Tennessee Department of Human Services
400 Deaderick Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37248-9500
Telephone: (615) 313-4764

Written comments on the proposed state plans will be accepted at the above address through March 17, 2000.

Individuals with disabilities who wish to participate in these public hearings should contact the Tennessee Department of Human Services to discuss any auxiliary aids or services needed to facilitate such participation. Contact may be in person, by writing, telephonically, or otherwise, and should be made no less than ten days prior to the date of the public hearing to allow time for the department to provide such aid or service. The department's address and telephone number are listed above.