LIHEAP Placing Residents on Waiting List

LANE COUNTY, Ore. — Agencies that administer the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program began placing people on a waiting list Friday.

The agency that helps low-income families, LIHEAP, says it has to put those families on a waiting list.

The reason is they haven’t received their money yet from the federal government. So until the county gets the money, there’s no help.

“We don’t know how much funding we’re going to get, and we don’t know when we’re going to get it. But we’re going ahead and opening up waiting lists throughout the county for folks to get their name on the list so that when the funding is available we can started serving people,” said Mary Ellen Bennett, Lane County Public Health Spokeswoman.

To qualify, a family’s income must be at or below 60 percent of Oregon’s median income.

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