Community Services Consortium

Serving Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties in Oregon. Helping people. Changing lives.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Season Opening Soon

Community Services Consortium (CSC) administers LIHEAP for Benton, Lincoln, and Linn Counties, and this year’s LIHEAP season is opening soon. LIHEAP provides funding to assist low-income households with heating bills during the winter months. Households with gross monthly incomes of less than 60% of the State Median Income are eligible to apply. State Median Income is $1792.16 for a single household and $3446.41 for a four-person household.

Appointments for seniors and individuals with disabilities will begin November 1, 2014, and appointments for the general public will begin December 1, 2014. To schedule an appointment, please call:
  • Benton County: 541-752-2840
  • Lincoln County: 541-265-3293
  • Linn County: 541-926-7163
For years, Community Services Consortium has helped local low-income residents to keep the lights on and their families warm during the winter months as part of their mission to end poverty in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties. Some consequences of unaffordable heating costs include:
  • Hunger and malnutrition increases when people are forced to choose between heating and eating.
  • Personal health suffers as people are not able to fill prescriptions, must skip or reduce their medications, or go without needed medical or dental care.
  • Seniors, people with disabilities or medical conditions, and small children are put at risk of hypothermia.
  • Health and safety is endangered by people using alternate heat or light sources such as kerosene heaters, candles, lanterns, fireplaces or charcoal briquettes.
  • Evictions increase and more people become homeless. Many never regain their housing and children leave school.
  • Loss of utility service contributes to children going into foster care, as living without utility service is considered neglect.
  • People in subsidized housing risk losing their housing voucher if their power is shut off.
During the 2013-2014 LIHEAP season, CSC served 5,283 households in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties. The following is an overview of the households served last year.

Total energy payments: $1,598,021.69 (4.5% decrease over 12-13)
Total served: 5,283 Households (10% decrease over 12-13) including 13,106 individuals (7% decrease over 12-13)
  • Benton County – 1,006 unduplicated households served
  • Lincoln County – 1,129 unduplicated households served
  • Linn County – 3,148 unduplicated households served
Of the 5,283 households served:
  • 1,543 households with at least one member who is a senior
  • 1,932 households with at least one member who is disabled
  • 1,067 households with at least one child under the age of 6 years old
  • 506 households with at least one member who is a veteran
  • 829 households headed by a single female parent
  • 84 households headed by a single male parent
  • 65% (or 3,455 households) earned less than 100% of the Federal Poverty Level
  • 48% of the households served were at risk of having their heat turned off.
Community Services Consortium (CSC) is a state-designated Community Action Agency serving Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties with housing, nutrition, economic stability, and educational assistance programs since 1980.

To support this program or any of CSC’s poverty-fighting programs and services, visit our website at Donations may be made through our website or mailed to our main office: Community Services Consortium, 245 Broadalbin Street, Suite 2A, Albany, OR 97321.

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