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.