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Energy Assistance Available For Lane County Residents Affected By COVID-19

Elizabeth Gabriel

Starting today (June 8) low-income Lane County residents can apply for energy assistance funding made available by the federal government. A total of $575,000 has been made available to the county known as LP20 CARES.

It’s intended for households that have been affected by COVID-19 through loss of income or health impacts. Devon Ashbridge with Lane County says it’s separate from other energy assistance programs:

“So, for people who have received or participated in an energy assistance program earlier this year, including LIHEAP, they are eligible to apply for this funding as well. It is completely separate. So we don’t want anyone who may be eligible to miss out on applying for these funds due to a misunderstanding.

The program provides qualified applicants a one-time payment toward power bills of between 250 and 550 dollars depending on circumstances. The waitlist opens at 9 a.m. today.


Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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