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Appointments open to apply for Low Income Energy Assistance program

Community in Action (CinA), the designated community action agency for Malheur and Harney counties with offices in Ontario and Burns at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center (HCSCSC), has opened for appointments for all populations for the Low Income Energy Assistance (LIEHEAP) season. Appointments are required and are now available for general public households.  HCSCSC will continue to make appointments for seniors (60 years or older) or people with disabilities (must be receiving documented disability benefits) and households with children 6 years and younger. This program aides many low-income residents in Malheur and Harney counties with utility payments to help heat their homes during the cold, winter months.

Please call 541-573-6024 to schedule an appointment. When you come to your appointment, please bring copies of the following information:

• Identification for all adult members of the household;

• Social security cards for everyone in the home;

• Verification of income for the most recent 30 days;

• Most recent energy bill;

• Most recent electric bill.

LIHEAP program rules require all household members to have a social security number in order to be included in the calculation for the benefit amount.  If you are an adult applying for energy assistance and do not have a social security number, you are encouraged to get one. If you cannot get one, you may still apply if any household member has a social security number.

Individuals receiving social security (SSA, not SSI or SSD) are required to provide a copy of the social security benefit letter. If you do not have this, please contact the Social Security Administration at 1-866-403-8016 OR visit (email address required) to obtain a copy of letter prior to your appointment.

All income information from all household members is required for application.

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