LIEAPLow Income Energy Assistance Program
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Debate on the release of additional LIEAP funds won't occur until Congress reconvenes in mid-January.
The shortage of LIEAP funds is making matters worse for low-income utility customers, said Carita Lively, who works in accounts receivable and customer service for Blachly-Lane Electric Cooperative.
Last year the county received almost $1.5 million in LIEAP funding, starting with $666,000 in the fall.
Depending on the situation, funding still can be had through Lane County's LIEAP program as well as individual assistance plans at local utilities, including EPUD's Helping Hands program.
The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is a congressionally funded program aimed at households whose total gross income is at or below 60 percent of Oregon's median income level.