Lane County’s Low-income Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP is still waiting for federal funding for the upcoming winter season. But, they’re still accepting waitlist applications starting November 1st
Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and helps folks pay for their energy bills depending on household size and income level. LIHEAP Coordinator Mary Ellen Bennet says it’s not unusual for federal dollars to drag its way to the county.
“That is what’s happening this year. What I’ve heard is that hopefully funding will arrive sometime mid-November. So that’s the states take on things,” said Bennet.
Demand is high, Bennet added, so people should submit requests as soon as it opens. This year LIHEAP’s encouraging applicants to apply online if they can to avoid long lines.