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Winter utility assistance is available for low-income families

Winter is right around the corner, and for many of us, that means a rise in utility usage.
Published: Nov. 17, 2021 at 5:22 AM CST
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) -Winter is right around the corner, and for many of us, that means a rise in utility usage.

If you need assistance, there is help. The Missouri Department of Social Services has opened online applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

To qualify, you need to meet specific income requirements, have less than $3000 in savings, and be a U.S. Citizen. Once you submit the online application and it is approved, payment will be sent directly to the utility company.

Eligible households can receive up to $800 toward their utility bill this winter.

If you need assistance, there are several other programs and organizations with available funds.

  • Missouri Department of Social Services Low Income Housing Assistance Program
  • Missouri Housing Resources
  • Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) - (417) 447-0554
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Services - (417) 889-7474
  • Community Partnership of the Ozarks - (417) 888-2020
  • Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri - (417) 268-9998
  • Council of Churches of the Ozarks - (417) 887-3545
  • The Salvation Army - (417) 862-5509
  • Missouri Ozark Community Action 573-765-3263

OACAC is assisting with distributing LIHEAP funds. They denied an interview request due to the overwhelming number of calls coming in requesting this assistance. Missouri Ozarks Community Action is also assisting with distributing LIHEAP funds. You can still apply for assistance through the MDSS online application.

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