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Posted on: October 8, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Hundreds seek assistance with energy bills

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The phone lines at Campbell Community Center were bombarded on October first with nearly 500 callers seeking financial assistance for their energy bill. EWEB’s Customer Care program offers a $200 payment to individuals that meet the program’s low income requirements. At the beginning of each month, the Adult Services Program at Campbell makes appointments with low income seniors age 60 to determine if they qualify.

Low income seniors who are customers of other utilities in Lane County may apply for a one-time subsidy of $150 - $500 through the federal “LIHEAP” program, which opens at 8:30 a.m..m. Nov. 3. To find out if they qualify, they can call 541-682-5354. Those who received a LIHEAP payment last program year do not need to call; they will receive an application by mail in November.

The Adult Services Program is one of many agencies in Lane County helping low income residents. Last year, Adult Services at Campbell helped 2,000 households obtain energy assistance. Other social services offered by Adult Services include:
• Free appointments with a senior health insurance benefits advisor to answer questions about health insurance coverage
• Free legal consultation with Senior Law Service
• Diabetes support & information group
• Parkinson’s support group
• Osteoporosis/osteopenia support group
• Driver safety program through AARP
• Free income tax assistance – through AARP

For more information about the Energy Assistance Program or the Adult Services program, call Program Coordinator Dahlia Garza at 541-682-6394.

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