LIHEAP: Fighting Poverty in Oregon
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Public Inquiries: 1-800-453-5511
LIHEAP Administering Agency Contacts
A low-income rate assistance program funded by Avista customers. To find out if you qualify, please call your local community action agency.
Eugene Water & Electric Board
- Universal Service Plan
This program provides low-income seniors and disabled customers with weatherization services and bill co-payments. At the successful end of the program, EWEB will forgive any arrearage on the customer’s bill. The Human Services Commission administers the program
- Low-income customers may also be eligible for the Deposit Guarantor program, which provides assistance for half of a qualifying customer’s account deposit (not to exceed $300). Anyone who is accepted into the Deposit Guarantor program must also participate in EWEB’s Customer Care Plus.
- Military assistance
This is a special, limited-duration program for military personnel who are called to active duty and serve overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan or in support of those military actions. Families of eligible military personnel may receive up to $300 in bill-payment assistance per 12-month period. Call Customer Relations Manager Chuck Dalton at 484-2411.
City of Ashland
- Utility discounts are available to Ashland residents over the age of 65 who qualify as low income. They receive a 20% to 30% discount on City utilities (water, wastewater, and electric).
- Senior and Disabled ALIEAP
Six-month program provides a 50% discount on the electric bills of seniors and disabled.
- Low-Income and Military ALIEAP
Three-month program provides a 50% discount on the electric bills of low-income and military households.
Columbia River PUD
The Special Waiver Program
Waives the $7 monthly customer charge for families who meet the low-income requirements from the State of Oregon.
Provides $200, spread over four months with kick-off in March. While the priority is low-income seniors and disabled customers, at times there are funds available for other hardship situations. Funds are limited. Call EPUD, 541-746-1583, for a referral or call Lane County directly at 541-682-3378.
Gas Assistance Program (GAP)
GAP collects funds from NW Natural shareholders, employees, customers and other businesses to help pay the heating bills of families and elderly residents in the Northwest who experience difficulty in making ends meet. Local community action agencies screen limited and fixed income individuals and families for eligibility and disperse the funds.
Community Action Agencies
Winter Heating Assistance Program
Available to members whose household income does not exceed the income guidelines and whose main heating source is electricity. Priority is given to seniors (age 60 and over) and disabled persons (those receiving or having applied for monetary benefits for their disability). Seniors and disabled persons may begin applying in December, all others apply in January. Home visits are available for seniors and disabled persons.