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.
Public Information Officer
Lane County Government
125 E. Eighth Ave.
Eugene, Oregon 97401
(541) 359.9143 (cell)