Oregon Low-income: This winter, low-income families and individuals in Oregon will receive cash totaling 48.4 million dollars to assist them in paying for the costs of home heating and covering any outstanding energy bills.
The funding will be distributed through a program called the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and it will include support from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act as well as additional funding that was passed by Congress to address the issue of rising energy costs in 2023.
Oregon Low-income Residents Will Receive $46.4 Million From the Federal Government to Assist
The monies that were allocated to the state of Oregon will, in addition to covering the costs of home heating and unpaid utility bills, assist families in making energy-efficient modifications to their homes in order to minimize their monthly heating and cooling expenditures.
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Suzanne Bonamici, a congresswoman representing Oregon in the United States Congress, stated that “keeping homes warm during the winter is crucial to the well-being of Oregonians.” “The financial burden on many households and people has grown as a direct result of the rise in the majority of prices.
I am thankful that additional cash will be provided to the state of Oregon to assist low-income households in covering the price of energy. Nobody should ever have to decide between paying their power bill and other essentials like food or rent just so they can stay afloat financially.
Peter DeFazio, a member of the United States House of Representatives from Oregon, stated that it is “unconscionable” that households should be compelled to ration their critical utilities, especially during seasons of extreme heat or cold.
“This assistance, which was made possible in part by my bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, will assist Oregon families in mitigating the effects of rising expenses and ensuring that their homes and families are protected this winter.”
Earl Blumenauer, a member of the United States House of Representatives from Oregon, stated that “Low-income energy and heating assistance funding is critical for thousands of Oregonians.” “The administration of President Joe Biden is aware of this.
This year, having additional assistance with heating costs is really necessary for families who are having trouble making ends meet due to the increasing cost of gas and groceries. I am grateful that this money was delivered on time so that individuals and families may keep their heat on and their lights on throughout this winter.
“This additional assistance for vulnerable Oregonians to cover the costs of home heating is timely and important,” Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said. “With snow already having fallen here in parts of Oregon and a cold snap in the forecast, this extra assistance for vulnerable Oregonians is both timely and important.”
“I am overjoyed that our state has been successful in securing this aid for Oregonians who are walking a financial tightrope. In addition, I will continue to fight to ensure that low-income households in Oregon receive all of the assistance they require to make it through this winter in a secure manner.
According to Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, “it is critical that we ensure that everyone is able to keep their heating on this winter” because so many Oregonians are facing rising costs for basic goods and tighter household budgets.
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“As a result, it is critical that we ensure that everyone is able to keep their heating on.” “This essential federal funding for energy and heating assistance will help give households across the state of Oregon the financial support they need to stay warm and safe in the upcoming winter months.”
People who are interested in submitting an application for energy assistance can do so by visiting the website energyhelp.us or by calling the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) hotline at the following toll-free number: 1-866-674-6327.
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A one-page fact sheet pertaining to the LIHEAP funding from the United States for the state of Oregon in 2023 The website for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is available at.
During the pandemic, Bonamici is quoted as saying that she took the initiative to lead her colleagues in efforts to strengthen LIHEAP in order to prevent a buildup of debts during the time of public health emergency. In addition to that, Bonamici is the current Chair of the Civil Rights and Human Services Subcommittee, which is the committee that is responsible for LIHEAP.
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