Low-Income Households Can Get Help with Energy Costs
No matter the time of year, energy costs for heating and cooling a home can be high. The Energy Assistance Program provides services to help renters and homeowners manage their costs and pay their utility bills.
Natural Gas Bills
Who Does It Serve?
The Energy Assistance program is designed to assist low-income households in paying for a portion of their energy costs. Various federal, state, and utility grants fund the program.
- Help for low-income families, veterans, seniors, and persons with disabilities
- Relief for eligible households towards energy bills for all energy types: electric, natural gas, propane, oil, and wood
What Does It Provide?
Through ACCESS’ Energy Assistance Program, eligible households can receive a one-time payment (typically once per program year) toward their energy bill. This is a fuel-blind program available for all energy types. There is no requirement to be at risk of disconnection, and households just need to be income eligible.
How Do I Qualify?
Assistance with utility bills is based on the availability of funding. To qualify for assistance, you must meet the following household Income Eligibility Guidelines (at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level).
This program is an equal opportunity program and applicants are protected against discrimination on the grounds of age, race, color, sex, religion, primary language, handicap, or national origin in determining eligibility.
Make Your Energy Assistance Appointment Online
To check on the availability of funding or to schedule an appointment by phone, please call (541)779-9020.
Before booking your appointment, please complete the paperwork below.
What to Know Before You Book
You must complete all necessary documents before booking your appointment online.
Documents to fill out online
Declaration of Household Income (DHI) will be needed if you claim no income, perform odd jobs, or receive personal checks or cash.
Self-Employment Work Sheet (SEWS) will be needed if you are self-employed.
Child Support Statement will be needed if you are receiving child support.
Employment Verification Form (EVF) will be needed If you started or ended a job last month.
Documents to print, fill out, sign, and submit
Landlord Letter PDF will be needed if you pay utilities to your landlord.
W-9 Form PDF is needed if you pay your landlord for utilities, or if your primary energy type is wood/pellets or heating oil from a non-ACCESS vendor.