(a) The Department distributes funds to Subrecipients
by an allocation formula.
(b) The formula allocates funds based on the number
of low income Households in a Service Area and takes into account
the special needs of individual Service Areas. The need for energy
assistance in an area is addressed through a weather factor (based
on heating and cooling degree days). The extra expense in delivering
services in sparsely populated areas is addressed by an inverse population
density factor. The lack of additional services available in very
poor counties is addressed by a county median income factor. Finally,
the Elderly are given priority by giving greater weight to this population.
The five factors used in the formula are calculated as:
(1) County NonElderly Poverty Household Factor (weight
of 40%)Defined by the Department as the number of NonElderly Poverty
Households in the county divided by the number of NonElderly Poverty
Households in the State;
(2) County Elderly Poverty Household Factor (weight
of 40%)Defined by the Department as the number of Elderly Poverty
Households in the county divided by the number of Elderly Poverty
Households in the State;
(3) County Inverse Household Population Density Factor
(weight of 5%)Defined by the Department as:
(A) The number of square miles of the county divided
by the number of Poverty Households of the county (equals the Inverse
Poverty Household Population Density of the county); and
(B) Inverse Poverty Household Population Density of
the county divided by the sum of Inverse Household Densities;
(4) County Median Income Variance Factor (weight of
5%)Defined by the Department as:
(A) State Median Income minus the County Median Income
(equals county variance); and
(B) County Variance divided by sum of the State County
Variances; and
(5) County Weather Factor (weight of 10%)Defined
by the Department as:
(A) County heating degree days plus the county cooling
degree days, multiplied by the poverty Households, divided by the
sum of county heating degree days and county cooling degree days of
counties (equals County Weather); and
(B) County Weather divided by the total sum of the
State County Weather.
(c) All demographic factors are based on the most recent
decennial U.S. Census for which Census Bureau published information
is available.
(d) The total sum of subsection (b)(1)  (5) of this
section, multiplied by total funds allocation, equals the county's
allocation of funds. The sum of the county allocations within each
Subrecipient Service Area equals the Subrecipient's total allocation
of funds.
(e) The Department may, in the future, undertake to
reprocure the entities that comprise the network of CEAP providers,
in which case this allocation formula will be reassessed and, if material
changes are needed, amended by rulemaking.
