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Cooling program available for low-income households

The Columbia River People’s Utility District announced Friday, July 29, Oregon residents are eligible for federal aid through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Because Oregon was recently named a cooling state, it receives federal dollars to help low-income families cope with their electric bills during summer months. The cooling assistance is separate from crisis assistance, meaning any family that meets the income requirements is eligible to participate. The program does not work for gas bills. Community Action Team, or CAT, is administering the program locally. To receive electric bill assistance funds, applications must be submitted to CAT by Sept. 16. Applications are available at the CAT office, 125 N. 17th St., St. Helens, online at www.cat-team.org, and at the Columbia River PUD office, 64001 Columbia River Highway, Deer Island.