Ashland helps low-income people pay electricity bills

Applications for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program are now open.

Posted: Oct 3, 2019 3:53 AM
Updated: Oct 3, 2019 7:36 AM

ASHLAND, Ore. -- The City of Ashland is helping low-income people stay warm this winter. 

The City's Low-Income Energy Assistance Program focuses on helping low-income people pay for their heating during the winter. The city helps people who qualify with 50 percent of their electricity bill, or a maximum of $300. That help can last three to six months, depending on your personal situation. In order to apply for the program, you do have to meet certain income requirements.

Ashland locals said that they expect to have more expensive bills during the winter and they're proud the city is helping people who need it. 

"I love my slippers and robes," said Sasha Reanier, who has been living in Ashland for two months. "I have a very nice electric blanket on my bed. And I definitely crank the heat up and notice the bills going up in the winter. I'm glad other people will have a way to pay for their heating."

The City of Ashland said that the program has been running for more than a decade and they plan to keep it going.

"Heating and staying warm is kind of a basic necessity," said Assistant City Administrator Adam Hanks. "Providing for a portion of the community that temporarily or long-term has chalalenges financialy has been and continues to be an important thing to both the community and our city council."

Senior citizens and disabled people are prioritized for the program. 

The City of Ashland sets aside money for the program each year. You can apply for the program today. Applications close on January 31. 

Below are the income requirements to qualify for the program:

A one person household should have an income of $28,148 per year to qualify. 

A two person household should have an income of $36,809 per year to qualify. 

A three person household should have an income of $45,470 per year to qualify. 

A four person household should have an income of $54,130 to qualify. 

A five person household should have an income of $62,792 to qualify. 

A six person household should have an income of $71,453 to qualify. 

For more information about how to apply you can call this number: 541-552-2038.

For more information about the program click here

Free energy audits

Ashland also offers free energy audits to people who live in the city. People who work at City Hall will come to your house for free and give you tipes on how to make your house more energy efficient. These tips can help you save money on your next electricity bill. 

For more information about those free energy audits click here

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