Pamplin Media Group – Support available for those who are cold

The LIHEAP program has nearly $ 1 million available to help Yamhill County households pay for heating.

In conjunction with U.S. federal bailout law, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) program expects more than $ 991,790 to be available for assistance. bills from residents of Yamhill County, a substantial jump from what was available. in 2020.

More than 1,500 households are expected to take advantage of the aid this year, a jump from the 1,190 expected last year. According to a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services, 800 households received an average one-time payment to the home heating supplier of $ 398 last year. The aid can be used to pay for electricity, propane, natural gas, fuel oil, firewood and pellets. Grants can also be used for emergency repairs and replacement of the heating system if they meet program requirements.

Screening for households comprising the elderly and the disabled began in the fall. In early December, according to a press release, Health and Human Services (HHS) will begin accepting inquiries and referrals from the general public and adding them to a referral list. Each week, the department sends out application packages to some of the shortlisted candidates and will continue until funds are exhausted. Over 350 applications have been received to date.

Eligibility for the program is set by the federal government and is determined by the recently updated income limits: $ 6,207 for a family of six, $ 6,348 for a family of seven, and $ 6,489 for a family. of eight people. Families with more than eight members are encouraged to contact Yamhill County Action Partnership for assistance.

Applicants can be referred by social service agencies or apply directly through a LIHEAP referral request by visiting the YCAP website at or by calling the YCAP Energy Hotline at 503-472- 0457, Ext. 1480 or 1-855-216-5289, ext. 1480.

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