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Energy Assistance Funds Still Available Through Community Action Agencies in Washington and Oregon
Avista sponsors a variety of energy assistance options


Spring is here, but for some, in this difficult economy, the mild winter didn’t ease the burden of their home energy bill. Each year Avista partners with regional community action agencies to provide qualified households financial assistance to pay their utility bills.


“Typically, energy assistance funds are depleted by this time. This year, however, there are still funds available to help those in need who have not yet received energy assistance,” said Anne Marie Axworthy, Avista’s director of community development. “We’re working closely with our community partners to increase awareness of the funds and to help people access them in a timely manner.”


Avista’s Energy Assistance and Bill Management Programs

Avista’s energy assistance programs are administered by local community action agencies. Assistance programs include Project Share, LIRAP, CARES and Senior Energy Outreach.


Avista first sponsored Project Share in 1982 to provide emergency energy assistance to qualifying households that have exhausted other avenues of aid. The funds are available to those in need, regardless of the fuel used to heat the home and whether or not they are Avista customers. Avista, its employees and customers donated more than $700,000 to Project Share in 2009.


Avista supports several additional programs for qualifying customers needing energy assistance, including the Low Income Rate Assistance Program (LIRAP) for customers in Washington and Oregon. In the 2008-2009 heating season, more than 5,300 energy assistance grants were made from LIRAP, totaling about $1.7 million. Avista also sponsors the Customer Assistance Referral and Education Service (CARES), Senior Energy Conservation Workshops and, in Washington, the Senior Energy Outreach Program.


Avista offers a number of billing options, energy efficiency programs, incentives and rebates to help customers proactively manage their electricity and natural gas consumption and payment schedule. In addition, Avista’s Comfort Level Billing option gives customers the opportunity to smooth seasonal energy bill highs and lows by averaging energy bills over 12 months Information on Avista’s energy efficiency offerings and no-cost conservation information is available at www.everylittlebit.com.. 


For more information on Avista’s energy assistance programs and for conservation tips, visit www.avistautilities.com or call Avista at 800.227.9187.


Community Action Agencies





Adams and Grant Counties

Opportunities Industrialization Center


Asotin County

Community Action Partnership

208-746-3351 or

Spokane County


509-242-2376 on Tuesday 10:00am-2:00pm or Thursday 11:00am-3:00pm. 

Stevens, Pend Orielle, Lincoln and Ferry Counties

Rural Resources Community Action 

509-685-6000 or 1-866-260-2729


Whitman County

Community Action Center (Pullman)

509-334-9147 or 1-800-482-3991


Community Action Center (Colfax) 

509-397-2205 or 1-800-482-3992




Baker County

Energy Assistance


Douglas County

United Community Action Network



Jackson County


Access, Inc 



Josephine County


United Community Action Network 



Klamath County


Klamath Basin Senior Center 


Union County


Community Connections of NE Oregon

541-963-7532 or 800-331-7532


Wallowa County


Energy Assistance





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