Help is out there for Missouri Families
In Missouri, the Ameren Illinois Utilities are promoting assistance programs for families and individuals who are delinquent on their utility or gas bills during the current economic slowdown. They strongly encourage all of those in need to take advantage of these programs.
The utility companies, which serve the Metro East area as well as much of the rest of Southern Illinois and central Illinois, have various assistance programs and payment plans for those who have been unable to pay all of their utility or heating bills. To establish a payment plan with Ameren or another utility company, customers need to contact their utility company and ask for help.
In addition to the utility companies themselves, various local community action agencies and other charities also offer some relief from high utility bills. Information about those utility bill assistance programs is available by calling 800-252-8643.
While unfortunately not all Ameren customers in Missouri will be able to get assistance, it is always worthwhile to call to ask for help. Individuals should contact the energy company as soon as possible, and that is usually as soon as they think they may start to struggle. If you have missed paying a few bills and have received a shut off notice, as that time it may be too late.
Representatives from Ameren will need to get some information from the customer on their financial condition, including total household income, family members, and other key information. They will then review the menu of utility bill assistance programs that they run to see if a customer qualified or not. Read more on Ameren assistance programs.
If it turns out that a customer doesn’t qualify for aid, the customer service representative will try to refer someone to a state or federal government sponsored program, such as LIHEAP or weatherization. Last, but not least, the utility company may direct an individual to non-profits across Missouri, such as the United Way or charities like the Salvation Army.
Dial 800-252-8643 to apply or learn about energy assistance.
Get Help in Missouri with Utility, Heating and Utility Bills
The Missouri Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP, has two primary components, to help with heating and utility bills. One is the Energy Crisis Assistance Program (ECIP), which helps Missouri residents facing an immediate emergency.
The second is the Energy Assistance/Regular Heating (EA). The EA program is designed to provide financial assistance for help pay heating bills as well as utilities for Missourians during the winter months of October, November, December, January, February, and March. Eligibility requirements for this assistance program are based on family size, income, available resources and the responsibility for the payment of home heating costs. Those eligible for EA may also qualify those state residents for additional financial assistance with bills through ECIP and/or weatherization services funded by LIHEAP.
Or if you need help with lowering your mortgage payment, paying your mortgage, or if you need to stop a foreclosure, the company LoanModificationsFast puts homeowners in contact with mortgage service providers. They have assisted nearly 100,000 homeowners either lowering their payments or saving their home. It is free to request information.
Missouri will also provide weatherization assistance.
A home that is weatherized can lower the average annual fuel consumption and bills by up to 14% percent, which is made up of natural gas at 23.4 percent and electricity at 12.5 percent. Lower utility bills makes this a cost-effective option to help low-income families with their heating and energy bills. Lasting energy-efficient improvements are installed for free, or at very low rates, in the home, which results in lower utility bills year after year. This will help reduce the amount of assistance that is needed for homeowners to pay higher utility bills in lower income households.
Since the Missouri weatherization program began in the late 1970s, weatherization funds have been provided to to weatherize more than 160,000 Missouri homes. This program does a great job in supporting energy-efficient housing, long-term reduction in utility bills as well as increasing the comfort and safety of those served.
AmerenUE - Offers Operation Weather Survival (OWS) and Dollar More. OWS provides provides air conditioning units and also minor weatherization improvements. Dollar More helps the need pay utility bills. AmerenUE also provides additional weatherization services to many of those who need assistance.More.
Atmos Energy - The Sharing the Warmth assistance program helps with gas bills.
Boone County - H.E.L.P. (Heat Energy and Light Program) will give one-time emergency assistance cash grants to assist families with young children pay utility bills. C.A.S.H. (Citizens Assisting Seniors and Handicapped) is a utility bill assistance program for families with senior citizens or disabled.
Community Services League - Manages an assistance program that offers help to families that will provide weatherization improvements.
Empire District Electric Company - Empire's Action to Support the Elderly (EASE) provides a reduction in fees and waivers to deposits. Project Help assists senior citizens and the disabled. Find more Missouri Empire Electric assistance programs.
HeatShare - This is a utility bill assistance program that primarily assists is the disabled and elderly. The assistance program can also help anyone with an unexpected emergency. The HeatShare program will provide assistance with paying electricity, natural gas, propane, heating oil, or wood bills. Some assistance is also paid to make repairs to equipment, doors, windows, and other improvements. Read more.
Heat-Up St. Louis - This program focuses on assisting the elderly, disabled, and lower income families with their unpaid heating or utility bills.
Independence Power & Light Department - The aid program called Independence Rate Assistance Program (IRAP) will pay 50% of the utility bill for those over 60 and disabled, if other conditions are met. In addition, IShare assists with paying water, electric, or gas bills.
Jackson County Energy Assistance and Help Paying Bills - Has an assistance program that helps pay winter heating bills.
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