More Energy Assistance funds available in Curry County

Working families may qualify for help to pay high utility bills

May 28, 2009

Oregon Coast Community Action has funding available to help local families afford utility payments or energy bills in Curry County. Energy Services staff are encouraging families struggling to make ends meet and paying high utility bills, to contact Community Action for assistance by calling the Brookings-Harbor office at (541) 469-3155.

As of the end of February, Oregon Coast Community Action had helped 5,024 individuals with energy assistance payments. Funding is still available for families in Coos, Curry and Western Douglas counties.

Many working families may qualify for energy assistance payments if their income falls below the eligibility standards required by the state of Oregon. For example, a family of four with an income of $3,241 or less per month qualifies for assistance paying for utility bills, propane or energy needed to heat a home. Also, families with income that does not meet the current eligibility standards but who are struggling with high housing and heating costs could also qualify for assistance.

“There are many more people facing hunger and seeking help with housing or electric bills – and we are doing our best to make sure they stay fed, housed and warm,” said Mary Schoen-Clark, CEO of Oregon Coast Community Action. “Everyone in our community can be part of the solution during these troubled economic times – volunteering for Energy Services, or donating to Community Action’s other crisis programs can make a big impact in the lives of our local families.”

To find out more about Energy Assistance options in Curry County, those interested can contact the Oregon Coast Community Action office in Brookings-Harbor, at 97829 Shopping Center Ave., Suite F, Harbor, OR 97415, or call (541) 469-3155.

The Energy Services Division of Community Action, which is partially funded by the Federal Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP), Oregon Housing & Community Services, Pacific Power, and utility vendors in Coos and Curry counties, provides assistance and education to families in our region.

Oregon Coast Community Action provides a variety of services that house, feed, warm and educate vulnerable families on the South Coast. For more information call 888-1574.