Energy Assistance Programs
The primary assistance program is LIHEAP. Depending on what county you live in and what utilities you use, other assistance programs include Oregon Energy Assistance Program (OEAP), Cascade Natural Gas (OLIBA), Avista (LIRAP), Idaho Power Project Share, OTEC, Oregon Energy Fund, and donated funds. Contact your local Community Connection office for more information and assistance.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is not an entitlement program. LIHEAP is an assistance program designed to help low-income households with home heating costs. Households may rent or own their property. The LIHEAP program includes bill payment assistance and energy education. All components of Oregon’s LIHEAP program are administered through local Community Action Agencies.
The program is available October 1 through September 30 or until funds are fully expended. Community Connection has a priority system in place for:
- Senior households
- Disabled households
- General Public
Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, Inc. is the local Community Action Agency available for Baker, Grant, Union, and Wallowa counties. If you wish to receive energy assistance from the LIHEAP Program you must be at or below 60 percent of state median income. Check out your household size and income guideline chart below to see if you qualify.
Income Guidelines for Oregon (Program Year 2021)
(Effective October 1, 2020)
60% of State Median income by Household Size
for use in Federal Fiscal Year 2021
Estimated State Median by Household Size – Source HHS
|Household Unit Size||Annual Gross Income*||Monthly Gross Income*|
|Each Additional Member||$1,604||$133.65|
|* Gross Income means all household income before any deductions|
Disclaimer: LIHEAP is not an emergency program so if you are going to be disconnected/have a shut off notice please inform your area contact person; they may be able to provide you with other available emergency services.
If you wish to apply, please contact your local Community Connection office to assist you and let you know what you need to bring to your appointment.