Are you ready for winter? The prospect of a long cold winter is something few, if any, people look forward to. It impacts our comfort levels and can seriously impact our budgets. For low-income families, winter utilities can be an overwhelming burden. For this reason, there are organizations that can help.
Since 1998, Vigilante Electric Cooperative has helped qualified members receive credit on their accounts to aid in winter heating. Applications are available beginning October 1st by contacting our Dillon office or by downloading an application here. All applications must be returned by November 22, 2019.
It should be noted that the funding levels for our program are very limited. We strongly recommend that families in need apply for the programs offered by the state of Montana through the Department of Public Health and Human Services. They offer two programs aimed at helping low-income individuals reduce their heating costs.
The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) pays part of winter energy bills for eligible people. Plus, the Weatherization Program helps participants improve the heating efficiency of their homes, thus reducing long term energy consumption and costs.
LIEAP applications can be obtained from the organizations below. The application period is October 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020. Eligibility is based on family size and total household income. If you think you qualify, call for an application. Each office serves specific counties so contact the office nearest you. Please note that if you qualify for LIEAP you qualify for the Weatherization Program.
|Action Inc.||Rocky Mountain Development Council||District IX HRDC|
|Butte||LIEAP Office - Helena||Bozeman|
|(800) 382-1325||(800) 356-6544||(800) 332-2796|
|(406) 496-4975||(406) 447-1625||(406) 587-4486|
Another source of help is Energy Share of Montana, a private nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is to help Montanans faced with energy emergencies meet their needs and move towards self-reliance. Requests for this assistance can also be made through the state offices above.