ENERGY & HEATING ASSISTANCE

Don’t let the lights go out or the heat turn off. When you hit hard times, you can turn to the Community Action Center to help! Let us help you find the energy and heating assistance program right for you and your family’s situation. Schedule a phone meeting with our caring and helpful staff, and apply today!

August 2021 Outreaches

CAC will be doing limited in-person outreaches in Whitman County throughout August. Water Bill & Electric Bill Appointments will be available. Call 509-334-9147 to schedule an appointment today! 

Date Town Time Address
Thursday   8-12-21 Endicott 1pm-3pm 7th Day Adventist Church – 101 Banta Street
Saturday   8-21-21 LaCrosse 11am-2pm 111 N Main
Wednesday   8-25-21 Rosalia 9am-11am Methodist Church – On 3rd Street
Wednesday   8-25-21 Malden 11am-2pm Malden City Hall – On Moreland Ave
Thursday   8-26-21 Tekoa 8am-Noon Tekoa City Hall – 419 N Washington
Thursday   8-26-21 Albion 3:30pm-6pm Albion Town Hall – 310 North F Street

Read about our Energy & Heating Programs Below:

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides a one-time benefit, to eligible households, to be used for heating bills. The amount of payment is determined by income, household size and heat usage. An overdue bill or shut-off notice is not required.

The Low Income Rate Assistance Program (LIRAP) is for Avista customers ONLY. Awards are based on household size, household income, and heat usage. Non US Citizens can apply for this program.

Avista Senior/Disabled Discount Rate Program

This program was designed to help customers 60+ years and/or living with a disability who are over-income for our other energy assistance programs, but whose income is eroded by high medical costs or other necessary expenses that are not considered when applying for LIHEAP/LIRAP Heat. Client may receive this assistance once per heating season (October 1 to September 30); not eligible to receive if households qualifies for LIHEAP or LIRAP Heat.

151% – 200% of poverty:

  • Avista Customers ONLY
  • Avista account must list customer’s name as primary or co-customer
  • Seniors age 60+  OR  household with a verified disability income. Disability is verified through one, but not limited to any of the following means: BVS, SSI, SSD, GAX, and food stamp award letter (verifiable proof is determined by the agency).

201% of poverty and above:

  • Must have a non-reimbursed medical expenses that brings the household’s income to 200% or below

Avista Share

Available to Avista customers only, this program can help with up to $350 or the amount past due on your energy bill.  Please bring your past due notice or shut off notice and your photo id. This assistance is available once per heating season (October 1 to September 30).

Project Share – (Oil, Wood, Pellets, Propane and Inland Power Customers)

This program is funded entirely by donations from vendors and utility customers; funds are limited and may not always be available. You must have a shut-off notice or less than a ten day supply of fuel to receive this help.  Please bring your past due notice, shut-off notice, or vendor account number and photo id to your appointment. This program may be accessed only once per heating season (October 1st to September 30th).

To donate to project share go to http://www.givetoprojectshare.org/

Call to Schedule an Appointment

509.334.9147 

 800.482.3991

Please prepare the following documentation for your appointment:

  • Social Security Cards for ALL Household Members   OR   Birth Certificates   OR   Passports

  • Photo I.D. for all household members over the age of 18.

  • Proof of income for the past 3 months prior to your application date.

  • Heating Bill – showing account #, client name, & address

  • IF APPLICABLE: Proof of 3 months of Child Support – Paid out or Received

  • IF APPLICABLE: Proof of any College Financial Aid

  • IF APPLICABLE: Copy of Lease – if your heat is included in your rent

  • IF APPLICABLE: If you have Wood Heat – please provide any receipts from the last 12 months

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