NECAC to take applications for energy assistance

The not-for-profit North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC), a 12-county area social service, community health and public housing Community Action Agency, will take applications for winter utility assistance from qualifying families and individuals starting Nov. 1.

Applications for the elderly and disabled began Oct. 1 and will continue.

Eligibility for energy assistance is based upon income, the number of people per household and the type of heating source.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is distributed through the Missouri Department of Social Services to non-profit groups such as NECAC. The program assists with paying part of the energy bills of income-qualifying people. Households may receive up to $450 each, depending upon the type of heating source.

Applications will be accepted by mail and in person from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at NECAC Service Centers in each county.

People who receive a utility shut-off notice also may qualify for assistance through the Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP). Each energy assistance qualifying household can get up to $800 to help with paying overdue energy bills through ECIP.

“The need is extremely great this year, and we urge people to take advantage of the assistance offered by these programs,” said Linda Fritz, NECAC emergency services coordinator.

The programs run through April 30. During the winter heating assistance season last year, NECAC served more than 4,000 households.

For more information, call or visit one of the following NECAC County Service Centers: Lincoln County: 11 Woodcrest Dr. in Troy — 636-528-7604.

The two energy assistance programs are funded 100 percent with federal funds received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division.

Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 9:24 am