On Monday, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the following financial assistance programs: General Assistance, burial and funeral assistance, and emergency assistance were transferred to the Department of Family Services.

As a result of the transfer, the Department for Self Reliance will no longer accept any applications for those assistance programs.

Last December, the Department for Self Reliance was authorized to manage the four financial assistance programs.

"We are thankful for the opportunity to administer the LIHEAP and the P.L. 93-638 Financial Assistance Programs," department manager Roxanne Gorman said in a statement.

The transition took place after the Health, Education and Human Services Committee, which serves as the legislative oversight for the Department for Self Reliance, amended the department's plan of operation.

For more information, contact the Navajo Nation Department of Family Services at 928-871-6851 or 866-251-5651.