Utility assistance funding for 12 Missouri counties available from NECAC

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BOWLING GREEN, Mo. — The North East Community Action Corporation is taking applications for the federally-funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Energy Crisis Intervention Program in 12 Missouri counties.

In a press release, NECAC’s Angela Kattenbraker said, “Apply if you think you’ll need assistance. The cost of utilities is going up. We can help a lot of people with any fueling type.”

NECAC assisted about 9,000 households with utility assistance last year and expects the number to increase this winter due to inflation and escalating costs.

LIHEAP offers a one-time payment to income-qualifying households depending upon the type of utility they use. The maximum benefit for propane-heated homes is $990; $652 for natural gas; $636 for electricity; and $438 for wood.

ECIP may be used by income-qualifying households through September 2023, with a maximum of up to $1,600.

NECAC is accepting utility assistance applications online or in person at its service centers. The monthly income limit for a one-person household is $2,370. For a four-person residence, the income limit is $4,558. Additional amounts are available upon request.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is distributed through the Missouri Department of Social Services which then contracts with NECAC and the 18 other Community Action Agencies in Missouri to administer the service. Payments are sent directly to utility companies.

More information is available at www.necac.org, calling 573-324-0120 or by contacting one of the following NECAC Service Centers:

  • Lewis County: 408 S. Fourth in Canton — 573-288-3969.
  • Marion County: 3518 Palmyra Road in Hannibal — 573-221-7166.
  • Pike County: 805 Bus. Hwy. 61 North in Bowling Green — 573-324-2207.
  • Ralls County: 411 Main in New London — 573-985-2411.
  • Shelby County: 204 E. Third in Shelbyville — 573-633-2210.

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