Energy Bill Assistance Programs
There are numerous programs that assist low-income families with the cost of energy. There are also numerous ways to reduce energy expenses through conservation and wise usage. Below are some links that will help your energy needs meet your energy budget.
LIHEAP – the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Clearinghouse Web site, an Internet information service for state, tribal and local LIHEAP providers, and others interested in low-income energy issues.
CAPECO – Community Action Program East Central Oregon – The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program provides income eligible households a one-time payment issued to their energy vendor to help offset the high cost of energy during the heating season. Over 1,700 households received assistance from this program; 27% were seniors who access this program annually to help maintain their independent living.
Salvation Army – The Salvation Army is there when you need them for help and assistance of many kinds.
IBEAP – Irrigon/Boardman Energy Assistance Program.
AFS – Adult and Family Services (AFS) provides funding for basic needs.
For more information contact UEC at Hermiston 541-567-6414, Boardman 541-481-2220 or 1-800-452-2273
UCARE – UCARE funds are available for the heating season of October through March and the cooling season of June through August, however, can be disbursed for crisis situations on a case-by-case basis. It is supported by member contributions, which are matched by UEC.
In typical times, the UEC UCARE and HES HEAT (Hermiston Energy Assistance Team) grant programs are intended to help low-income residents manage their heating and cooling costs. Those funds are used to supplement assistance programs already provided from federal sources through CAPECO.
In times of community crisis, UCARE and HEAT funds are further made available to residential customers in need of assistance to meet electric bill payment obligations due to a personal, family, medical or employment crisis or emergency.