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Qualifying Shelby County residents have more time to seek utility assistance.
The not-for-profit North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) has announced that in-person applications will be accepted through May 31. The previous deadline was March 31. In addition, mailed applications postmarked June 14 or earlier will also be processed. The extension was approved by the Missouri Department of Social Services Family Support Division.
There are two types of assistance available. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) are funded by the federal government and distributed through the states, which contract with non-profit groups such as NECAC to administer the programs at the local level.
LIHEAP assists with paying part of the energy bills of income-qualifying people. Eligible households could receive a minimum of $47 up to a maximum of $495, depending upon income, household size and type of heating source. Payments are made directly to utility companies. The Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) offers assistance of up to $800 to qualifying households of those who have received a utility shut-off
Applications are available by calling 573-324-0120 or by contacting the NECAC Shelby County Service Center, 204 E. Third in Shelbyville, at 573-633-2210.