December 29, 2017 – Missouri Community Action Partnership (CAP) officials have stated that the number of applications for the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program have doubled this year. Last year there were 1,396 applications, this year there were 2,806.
Community Outreach Manager, Monica Morrill, said, “We just want to keep awareness out there and let people know to apply even if you’re not sure you qualify. Just come in and apply. It’s a real easy process.” Morrill also stated that in December alone, they’ve assisted 872 households.
The EAP runs from November through March, and helps and individual or family member with a one-time payment of up to $450 on their primary heating bill. The ECIP runs from November through May, and provides assistance if there is a disconnection or threat of disconnection. This program offers up to an $800 benefit amount and can be used more than once per year.
To learn more about LIHEAP assistance in your state, visit the LIHEAP clearinghouse website here.
Sources: media reports