Message From the Manager
March 25, 2020 – On Wednesday, March 25, 2020 the Senate approved a $2 trillion stimulus package in response to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. As a result of that stimulus package, LIHEAP will be seeing a historic $900 million in emergency contingency funding release in addition to regular LIHEAP funding all of which besides the final 1 percent of which has been released. These additional funds will be released to all grantees; including States, Territories and Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations (Tribes) in upcoming weeks to help eligible low-income households afford their energy costs and avoid making cutbacks on other household essentials as a result of hardship caused by the virus.
*ENERGY ASSISTANCE CONTACT INFORMATION BELOW*
- PIERCE COUNTY
Pierce County Community Action Agency provides assistance with heat bills to low income households that are income eligible. This agency provides assistance to Pierce County residents that live OUTSIDE the city limits of Tacoma. If you live inside the city limits of Tacoma please call the M.D.C. at (253) 572-5557.
For general information regarding the availability of funds please call (253) 798-3800. This is a recorded message line that is updated as funds become available or are depleted.
You do not need to be past due or shut off to qualify for assistance.
To make an appointment or to see if you qualify please call 1-253-798-4328. This line is open 7 days a week when appointments are availabe. Appointments are booked up to two weeks in advance. If all of the appointments have been filled you will need to call as early as possible the next day.
If your heat source has been disconnected or if your primary heat source is oil, propane or wood and you have less than 10 days supply please call (253) 798-3590. Please do not call this number unless your heat source has been disconnected.
- SOUTH KING COUNTY
Outside Seattle, Newcastle, Issaquah
Energy Assistance appointments may be made thru the automated phone line OR on the online scheduling web page ONLY (there are NO walk-in appointments.) The automated phone line is available 24 hrs per day, 7 days per week, in English and Spanish. (253) 517-2263. Have a pencil and paper ready to write down appointment date & time & confirmation number. Special instructions on the phone line for homebound people and those who are shut off. The online scheduling web page is found at https://msc.itfrontdesk.com/apptonline/landing.html?client_code=MSCHELPS
- NORTH & EAST KING COUNTY
Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Shoreline & Carnation
To make an appointment for LIHEAP or PSE HELP go online at hopelink.org/energy or call 425-658-2592. The appointment system is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If all appointments are full, new appointments are opened Mondays at 9am. www.hopelink.org
To find out more visit: Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
March 16, 2020 Press Release from CEO Steven Walter in response to COVID-19
We will continue to serve our members, just behind closed doors as we do our part to help stop the spread of COVID 19 and keep our staff and members healthy!!
Feb 2020 IMPORTANT NOTICE! King County Can Charge Rent to Utilities for Use of Public Right of Way
The Washington State Supreme Court just ruled that King County may charge rent to water, sewer, gas and electric utilities for use of public right of way. The Court’s ruling will significantly increase the cost of utility operations and will result in increases in your electric bills. The specific amount is not presently known because the County’s new rent charge has not been finalized. We don’t know when rent will commence (it may have already commenced due to retroactive provisions of King County rules) and when the Board will adjust the rates to cover this new added cost. Please see the the full details in the Tanner Memo below that is being mailed out to our members as a bill stuffer in the March TEC bills.