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Energy Assistance

Low Income Home Energy
Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The 2015 application will be available beginning October 1, 2014 and can be mailed in or dropped off at 800 North Providence, Suite #103 - Columbia, MO 65203.

The Missouri Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program has two components, EA (Energy Assistance) and ECIP (Energy Crisis Intervention Program). Since both are a part of the LIHEAP program, the eligibility requirements for them are the same, including the requirement that applicants be at or under 135% of the established federal poverty guidelines to receive assistance. During the 2014 program year, CMCA helped 7,000 families across our eight county service area restore or maintain their utilities through ECIP.

EA is a one time payment program operating in the winter season from November to March with a stipulation that those who are either elderly or disabled may apply in October. The benefit level is based on the household size, income and the fuel type used for home heating. It is not necessary to be in crisis to receive assistance through EA.

Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP)

ECIP has a Winter and a Summer season. Like EA, the Winter season starts in October for families who are either elderly or disabled, and November for all other applicants, and runs through May. The Summer season starts in June and runs through September. Applicants must have a disconnection notice or be shut off in order to receive ECIP assistance. The benefit is based on the amount required to resolve the crisis and keep the family out of threat for 30 days. The Agency is given a fixed amount of money from the State for both Winter and Summer ECIP. Applicants can receive up to $800 in the Winter and $300 during the Summer, provided there are the Agency has funds available. Clients may get assistance as many times as needed, provided they have a shut off notice and have not reached their maximum benefit levels for that season.

LIHEAP Eligibility Criteria

  • Citizenship - Must be a United States citizen or alien admitted for permanent residence
  • Resources - Household resources cannot exceed $3000, unless resources are restricted or inaccessible
  • Responsibility for Home Energy Costs - The head of household or spouse must provide proof that the account with the household energy supplier is in their name or be a renter or landlord applicant and incur the energy costs
  • Termination/Threat of Termination - Must have a shut off notice or already have service terminated to receive ECIP funds
  • Income Based on Household Size - Household income cannot exceed 135% of the Federal Poverty Level