LIHEAP: Fighting Poverty in Oregon
LIHEAP FY 2014 Funding
(includes tribal awards)
LIHEAP Income Eligibility Level
60% State Median Income
LIHEAP FY 2013 Benefit
Heating: $400 minimum, $550 maximum
LIHEAP Households Served
(Estimate for FY 2013 Heating)
LIHEAP Program Dates
Heating: December 1 – June 30
Oregon Utilities with Low-Income Rate Assistance
LIRAP: 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. Call 541-684-5821. 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). Call 541-488-5342
Senior and Disabled ALIEAP: Six-month program provides a 50% discount on the electric bills of seniors and disabled. Call 541-488-5342.
Low-Income and Military ALIEAP: Three-month program provides a 50% discount on the electric bills of low-income and military households. Call 541-488-5342.
Columbia River PUD
The Special Waiver Program: Waives the $8 monthly customer charge for families who meet the low-income requirements from the State of Oregon. Call 503-397-0590 or email email@example.com.
ERAP: 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.
Northwest Natural Gas
Oregon Low Income Gas Assistance Program (OLGA): This program provides heating assistance, energy education, and referral to other services. Assistance is permitted one-time per household per heating season. To be eligible, a household must be a current residential customer of NW Natural and the total household income must be at or below 60% of the state median income. If eligible, a client must schedule an appointment with a service coordinator. Documentation needed to prove eligibility is: proof of all monies received in the 30 days prior to the date of appointment; birth dates of all household members; most recent utility billing; and if their heat is included in the rent, a letter of verification from the landlord. Limited funds are available. To apply for services, or to obtain additional information, please contact your local CSC office:
- Corvallis CSC, 541-752-2840
- Albany CSC, 541-926-7163
- Lebanon CSC, 541-451-4408
- Newport CSC, 541-265-3293
Oregon Energy Assistance Program: OEAP is funded by a state-mandated electric meter charge. This is a year-round assistance program funded by a state-mandated electric meter charge. All customers pay a monthly meter charge to support this program. To be eligible, you must meet income guidelines and priority is given to customers who may be in danger of disconnection. Locate a local agency to apply.
Portland General Electric
Oregon Energy Assistance Program: OEAP is funded by a state-mandated electric meter charge. This is a year-round assistance program funded by a state-mandated electric meter charge. All PGE customers pay a monthly meter charge to support this program. To be eligible, you must meet income guidelines and priority is given to customers who may be in danger of disconnection. Locate a local agency to apply.
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. Call 503 362-3601.
Oregon Utilities with Low-Income Energy Efficiency Resources
Portland General Electric
Community Energy Project: Helps low-income senior citizens and persons with disabilities conserve energy in their homes. PGE provided seed money to help launch the Community Energy Project years ago and continues to financially support CEP through grants that are used to purchase weatherizing materials. CEP also holds weatherization workshops and provides attendees with water-conserving showerheads and compact fluorescent light bulbs. Call 503-284-6827.
Columbia River PUD
Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program: Provides weatherization services at no cost to households at or below 60% of Oregon’s median income, whose primary source of space heating is electricity. Weatherization measures include upgrading insulation levels in attics, walls and floors, sealing ductwork, wrapping water pipes and replacing windows. Call 503-366-5470 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lane County Human Services Commission partners with the Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County (HACSA) to provide home weatherization services throughout Lane County. The Weatherization program assesses homes for weatherization needs and installs insulation and windows, and seals heating ducts. Eligibility: Lane County renters and home owners (including mobile homes) with income at or below 60% of Oregon Median Income. Contact 541-682-3999 for information.
REACH (Residential Energy Assistance Challenge): Provides in-home energy education and $300 for co-payments. There is a six-month follow-up period and the focus is to complete full weatherization of the dwelling. This is a year-long program for low-income applicants beginning in January. Funds and spaces are limited. Call EPUD, 541-746-1583, for a referral or call Lane County directly at 541-682-3378.
Eugene Water & Electric Board
Customer Care Plus: Designed to help income-eligible customers save energy and manage their utility bills. Qualifying customers have access to a menu of services including weatherization (increasing levels of insulation and sealing buildings against air leaks), appliance upgrades or replacements, energy conservation education, and heating system inspections and improvements. To apply visit one of the following agencies and fill out an application:
- St. Vincent de Paul Society, 450 Hwy 99 North, Eugene
- Celeste Campbell Senior Center, 155 High Street, Eugene(for customers 60 years and older)
- Catholic Community Services, 1025 G Street, Springfield (for customers living in the Springfield/McKenzie area)
- Lane County Human Services Commission, 125 East Eighth Avenue, Eugene
Mail applications to: Lane County Human Services Commission, 125 East Eighth Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401. Call Lane County Human Services Commission for more information at 682-3378.
Idaho Power provides financial assistance to Idaho and Oregon Community Action Partnership (CAP) agencies to help cover the cost for weatherization of electrically heated homes of qualified customers.
Baker County, call 541-963-3186
Harney and Malheur Counties, call 541-573-6024
Lane Electric Cooperative
Members who qualify for low income funds (LIEAP qualified) are eligible for a grant of up to $1,500 for qualifying weatherization measures in their home. This opportunity is available to single or multi-family residences provided some permanently installed electric heat exists in the dwelling. (Property owners of rentals will need to make a 50% contribution to any project.) Eligible measures include: ceiling, floor, and wall insulation, HVAC duct insulation & sealing, door and window caulking & weatherstripping, and general air sealing. Call 541-484-1151.
Northwest Natural Gas
Oregon Low Income Energy Efficiency (OLIEE): This program assists low-income customers by reducing their natural gas needs through the installation of energy efficient equipment and weatherization measures. The program is applicable to qualifying low income customers who own or rent gas heated single-family or multifamily dwellings. For more information contact your local community action agency.
Weatherization: Residential customers (homeowners and renters) with permanently-installed electric heat whose household income does not exceed the income guidelines may qualify for free weatherization. Eligible measures include: ceiling, floor, wall, and duct insulation, caulking and weatherstripping, and air sealing improvements. Incentives for window replacements are also available. Call 503 362-3601.
State utility resource information provided by the LIHEAP Clearinghouse, a service of the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.