Second round of applications for energy assistance funding opens on Monday, August 3

Second round of applications for energy assistance funding opens on Monday, August 3
Posted on 07/29/2020

Lane County has received an addition $1.5 million in energy assistance funding from the federal office of Health and Human Services (HHS). The funding is from the Energy Assistance Stability Coronavirus Relief Program (EASCR-20).


The EASCR-20 program helps income-qualified households that have been affected by COVID-19 – financially or due to health – with home energy expenses and is separate from earlier energy assistance programs.


For EASCR-20, the household income limit is higher than the previous programs allowed (LIHEAP and LIHEAP CARES).  Households who have been determined to be over income for previous programs are encouraged to apply for EASCR-20 if they have been affected by COVID-19.


The EASCR-20 program will open in Lane County on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.


If a household receives one of the following programs, they may automatically qualify for EASCR-20:

  • OEAP
  • Women Infants and Children (WIC)
  • SNAP
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Weatherization Assistance
  • TANF or Tribal TANF


Households that already received regular energy assistance funds can apply for an EASCR-20 payment.


The EASCR-20 program provides qualifying households with a one-time payment toward their energy bill. It may be applied to electricity, natural gas, home heating oil, propane, wood pellets and wood. 


To qualify for EASCR-20, a household’s current gross monthly income must be at or below 80 percent of Lane County’s area median income. A household of one person can have a gross monthly income as high as $3270. A household of four can have a gross monthly income of $4670.


The amount of assistance a household receives depends on the need of the household. The program provides a one-time payment that ranges from $500-$1500. Interested households may call one of the agencies listed below for an appointment.


Lane County agencies will begin accepting phone calls for appointments on August 3 at 9:00 a.m.


For more information regarding EASCR-20, please visit


Households that do have a senior citizen (60 and over), contact:

Campbell Community Center in Eugene


Cottage Grove Senior Connections

Florence Senior Connections

Junction City Senior Connections

Oakridge Senior Connections

Veneta Senior Connections

Willamalane Adult Activity Center in Springfield








Households that don’t have a senior citizen, contact:

Catholic Community Services in Eugene


Catholic Community Services in Springfield


Community Sharing in Cottage Grove


Siuslaw Outreach Services in Florence


Lane County Energy in Oakridge



There are two other energy assistance programs accepting applications in Lane County: LIHEAP and LIHEAP CARES. Residents are encouraged to apply for all programs for which they are eligible. More information on LIHEAP and LIHEAP CARES can be found at There are also additional energy assistance programs available in Lane County specific to utility companies. Customers can call their utility company for information about these programs.          


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