The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) keeps families safe and healthy by assisting with energy costs and reducing the risk of using unsafe heating and cooling practices. CMCA makes payments directly to utility vendors on behalf of families who are in crisis. There are two components of LIHEAP —Energy Assistance (EA) and Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP). CMCA helps thousands of mid-Missouri families annually by restoring or maintaining their utilities through LIHEAP.
Households may apply for the Energy Assistance (EA) program only once per season. Benefit levels for EA are based on the number of people living in a household, household income, and the type of fuel used for home heating. It is not necessary to be in crisis to receive assistance through EA.
The Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) has a winter and a summer season. Applicants must have a disconnection notice or be shut off in order to receive ECIP assistance. The benefit from ECIP is based on the amount of money required to resolve the crisis and keep the family out of threat for 30 days. CMCA 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, as long as the agency has available funds. Families may get assistance as many times as needed if they have a shut-off notice and have not reached their maximum benefit levels for that season.
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