LIHEAP: Fighting Poverty in Missouri
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LIHEAP Administering Agency Contacts
Local Administering Agency Contacts
In the News:
“Trying to beat the heat: Utility assistance program waiting for funding,” St. Joseph News-Press (May 29, 2011)
“Ameren Missouri Providing $1 Million to Needy Military Families,” LIHEAP (December 17, 2010)
Laclede Gas Company
EnergySmart Customer Education Program: Offers free workshops on energy conservation for small groups of low-income customers through government agencies, civic organizations and churches. Laclede will conduct workshops, supply informational materials and answer questions. Call 314-342-0675 or visitwww.lacledegas.com/customer/energysmart.php for more indormation.
Keeping Current: Eligible customers (up to 135% of poverty) will receive credits on their bills during the heating and/or cooling season if they remain current with payments. Selected energy-assistance organizations that distribute Dollar More funds will also help determine which customers qualify to enroll in “Keeping Current.” Customers interested in this assistance should contact a Dollar More agency for information at 800-552-7583 or call the United Way of Greater Missouri at 800-427-4626.
Empire District Electric Company
Empire’s Action to Support the Elderly (EASE): Provides late fee and deposit waivers for elderly (age 60 and older) and handicapped customers. Call 417-624-0300 or 1-800-206-2300 or visit www.empiredistrict.com/CustomerService/EASE.aspx for more information.
Independence Power & Light Department
Independence Rate Assistance Program (IRAP): Qualified elderly, 60 years or older, or disabled customers pay 50% of the electric charges on their bill. Contact the Community Services League at 816-254-4100 or www.ci.independence.mo.us/water/PmtAssist.aspx .
Provides funding for weatherization for its customers. Contact your local community action agency to find out if you are eligible for weatherization or visit www.ameren.com/sites/aue/DollarMore/Pages/Weatherization.aspx for more information.
Operation Weather Survival (OWS)
A coalition of St. Louis city and county agencies, utilities, social service agencies and health organizations meet regularly to address the needs of those most vulnerable in severe weather — typically the elderly and the low income. Ameren Missouri provides air conditioning units and minor weatherization under the auspice of OWS. Call 314-535-7607 for more information or visit
Community Services League
Offers assistance to qualified people, including senior citizens, who want to make such home improvements as adding weather stripping around doors and windows, adding insulation, etc. Call 816-254-4100 for more information.
Missouri Public Service (MPS)
Low-income weatherization funding is distributed to community action agencies in the MPS territory. Eligibility: at least 125% of poverty level with either site-built or mobile home. Measures include: compact fluorescent lights; tank and pipe wrap; low-flow showerheads; kitchen aerators; attic, wall, and floor insulation; and duct repair. All work will be contracted out through low-income agencies. Contact Green Hills CAA, Trenton, 660-359-3907; Dept. of Housing and Community Development Kansas City, 816-513-3015; Missouri Valley CAA, Marshall, 660-886-7476; West Central Missouri CAA, Appleton City, 1-660-476-2185; 816-467-3254 or 1-888-567-0799 for more information.