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Energy assistance available in Yamhill County

Utilities — Low-income households may qualify for financial support for winter energy costs

Officials charged with administering the annual Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) estimate that more than 1,100 households will benefit from the program this year. LIHEAP is funded by the federal government to provide supplemental financial support for low-income households and reduce the cost of energy. Although pre-screening for seniors and disabled households started Oct. 1, the general public application process begins this month. Yamhill County should receive $337,250 this year to help with energy billing, according to a press release.

Once a week, Yamhill Community Action Partnership (YCAP) will select potential applicants from the waiting list and mail them an application. This will continue as long as funds are available. Last year, 1,274 households in Yamhill County received an average payment of $291.

This year, the medium income was reduced meaning some households that previously qualified may not be eligible. A family of four, for example, cannot have a gross monthly income more than $3,446.

Households waiting for an application should attempt to remain connected to their heat or power source. YCAP also encourages applicants to be honest with their provider.

“They are able to provide their best services to you when you work with them and keep your services in place without disruption,” the release stated.

YCAP also encourages making any payment possible, even if it is not for the full amount. Potential applicants are urged to apply for LIHEAP as soon as possible, as funds will run out.

Assistance may also be available for emergency heating system repairs.

For more information, call the Energy Assistance Hotline 503-472-0457, ext. 1480, or visit www.yamhill cap.org/energy-services/ energy-assistance.

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