Low-Income Energy Assistance Program Funding Released 
 
 

Contact:  Mary Ellen Bennett, LIHEAP Coordinator, 541-682-7473

 

Lane County Human Services Commission has received notice that the federal office of Health and Human Services has released partial funding for this winter’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP funding helps income-qualified households with their home energy bills in the winter. 

 

“Oregon hasn’t received any of this funding yet, nor has Lane County,” said Mary Ellen Bennett, Lane County LIHEAP coordinator. “But it’s good to know some funding is on the way.”

 

“We’ve enjoyed exceptionally good funding levels the last two years,” said Bennett. “What I’ve heard about this year’s funding isn’t as rosy. The funding may decline and will probably be released in small amounts spread out over more time.”

 

The LIHEAP program is a winter-time program that provides qualifying households with a one-time payment towards their energy bill. It can be applied to electricity, natural gas, home heating oil, propane, wood pellets and wood. 

 

Beginning Monday, November 1, non-profit and senior agencies that administer the program throughout Lane County will begin placing households on appointment waiting lists. Interested households can place themselves on a waiting list by calling one of the agencies that operate the program (see list below).

 

To qualify, a household’s current gross monthly income must be at or below 60 percent of Oregon’s median income level. The program does not count savings or assets. A household of one person can have a gross monthly income as high as $1,860 and qualify. A household of four people can have a total gross monthly income of $3,577 and qualify.

 

The amount of assistance a household receives depends on a number of factors. Bennett said the program pays the assistance directly into a household’s utility account as a one-time payment that can range from $250-550. Interested households can call one of the agencies listed below to be placed on a waiting list.

Senior citizens, ages 60 and older, contact one of the following senior centers:

 

Celeste Campbell Senior Center in Eugene                541-682-5354 

Willamalane Adult Activity Center in Springfield          541-736-4406

Cottage Grove Senior Connections                            541-682-7810

Florence Senior Connections                                    541-902-9430, ext. 7835

Oakridge Senior Connections                                    541-782-4726

Veneta Senior Connections                                       541-935-2262

Junction City Senior Connections                               541-998-8445

 

Non-senior households, including households with a disabled person, contact one of the following agencies:

 

St Vincent de Paul in Eugene                                     541-461-8794

Catholic Community Services in Springfield                  541-747-8349

Community Sharing in Cottage Grove                           541-942-6492

Siuslaw Outreach Services in Florence                         541-997-2816

Upper Willamette CDC in Oakridge                               541-782-3590

 

For additional information about LIHEAP, households can call 541-682-FUEL or 541-682-3835.  This number is a recorded message in English and Spanish.

 

 

Amber Fossen

Public Information Officer

Lane County Government

125 E. Eighth Ave.

Eugene, Oregon 97401

 

(541) 682.3718

(541) 359.9143 (cell)