Long waiting lists for help, plus a harsh winter, may have left many people with unpaid power bills.
So the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is giving residents until the end of April to apply for help from the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, a state official said Tuesday.
Normally, applications are taken by a contractor until the end of March, said Patti Campbell, bureau chief of the Individual Assistance Program.
But Health and Welfare has been hearing from utility companies that many people were getting stuck on waiting lists when they went to apply for assistance.
“We’re afraid there are a lot of people who have unpaid heating bills,” Campbell said.
People can apply for energy assistance through April at the Health and Welfare offices in Kellogg, St. Maries, Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry; and at the Harding Center in Coeur d’Alene.
Information is available by phone at 765-1515, Ext. 360, in Coeur d’Alene; or toll-free at (800) 223-7680.
There are several eligibility standards, including income guidelines, which must be met in order to qualify for the money. , DataTimes
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