Various energy assistance programs are designed to help eligible households ease the financial impact of a portion of heating costs. Funding is limited, which means not all qualified households will receive assistance.

ENERGY ASSISTANCE FUNDS ARE MEANT TO HELP:
– Make heating your home more affordable
– Help maintain a warm and safe home

Energy assistance comes in the form of a few different programs. Learn more about these programs below. Because different programs have different eligibility requirements, we encourage you to review which/if any programs you may qualify for to help maximize the help you may receive:

PROGRAM
TITLE

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

HOW TO
ACCESS

Energy/Heating Assistance

For those who live in Spokane County

Income is between 0 and 150% FPL

Available once per heating season (October 1 – September 30)

By appointment only. Appointments open the THIRD TUESDAY of each month. To make an appointment:

1) Visit THIS webpage
2) Call 509-242-2376




Emergency Energy Assistance (Project Share)

For those who live in Spokane County

Not available for Vera or City of Cheney households

No income restrictions

Hardship, such as past due balance, shut off, or inability to pay

Available once per heating season (October 1 – September 30)

Call SNAP for an Emergency Share appointment: 509-456-SNAP


Energy Assistance Specifically for Avista Clients

Avista Energy Grant

Spokane County Household

Avista Customers Only

Income is between 51% and 200% FPL or 80% AMI

May require a past-due balance and exhaustion of other forms of assistance


Call SNAP for a referral: 509-456-SNAP


Emergency Avista Assistance or Project Share Emergency Assistance

Spokane County Household

Avista Customers Only

No income restrictions

Hardship, such as past due balance, shut off, or inability to pay

Available once per season (October 1 – September 30)



Call SNAP an Emergency Share appointment: 509-456-SNAP


Avista Rate Discount Program (Senior/Disabled)

Spokane County Household

Avista Customers Only

Income is between 151% and 200% FPL or 80% AMI

Account holder must be either 60-years or older or experience a disability


Call SNAP for a referral: 509-456-SNAP


Avista Arrearage Management

Spokane County Household

Avista Customers Only

Income is between 51% and 200% FPL

Must have a past-due balance and have exhausted all other forms of assistance


Call SNAP for a referral: 509-456-SNAP


Free Wood Program
In partnership with Airway Heights Correctional Center

For those who live in Spokane County

Between 0 and 75% FPL

Wood must be your primary heat source

Call SNAP for a referral: 509-456-SNAP

As wood remains available

Water Assistance Programs:

U-HELP Water Assistance

For City of Spokane Utilities customers only

No income restrictions

Must owe at least $100 at time of enrollment AND be at least 60 days past-due

Available once per year

Learn more HERE

Call SNAP for a referral: 509-456-SNAP


Water Assistance (LIHWAP)

For City of Spokane Utilities For those who live in Spokane County

Income is between 0 and 150% FPL

Available once per heating season (October 1 – September 30)

Call SNAP for an appointment or referral: 509-456-SNAP


Other Emergency Services:

Furnace Repair

Spokane County households

Homeowner

Between 0 and 150% FPL

MUST also have an approved Energy Assistance heat grant in the current season

Call SNAP for a referral: 509-456-SNAP

Air Cooling/Purification

Spokane County households

Between 0 and 150% FPL

MUST also have an approved Energy Assistance heat grant in the current season

Renters AND owners eligible

Call SNAP for a referral: 509-456-SNAP

Have you already received Energy Assistance and are experiencing hardship? Please contact SNAP. Resources and referrals may be available:

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Preparing for energy assistance:
You must reside within Spokane County. Grants are dependent on funding currently available.

  • A guide to gathering documents for your upcoming appointment. If possible, try to prepare as many of the following documents as possible:
    • Proof of address. EX: A current utility bill,
    • One month of household income for all members 18+. EX: Pay stubs, child support, SSI, SSA, SSD, TANF, retirement, unemployment, self-employment, etc.
    • Other documentation may be requested

We encourage you to continue working with your heating company to keep current on payments. As possible, keep them informed of the steps you are taking to get current.