Okanogan County PUD, working in conjunction with other agencies, offers the following Customer Support Programs (downloadable document).
Project Help is a program funded through donations from Okanogan County PUD customers. These donations are used to help other Okanogan County PUD customers pay deposits and energy bills.
Customers seeking Project Help assistance must meet the following criteria: experiencing a sudden serious illness or death, major hospitalization or an unexpected reduction of income; income must not exceed 80% of the Area Median Income. Priority is given to customers who are in urgent need of assistance, and those who are 65 years or older. Project Help funds are only given to those who meet the income guidelines and are ineligible for other federal government and emergency assistance. Okanogan Community Action Council (see below) administers this program.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal program that assists low-income customers in paying their heating bills and may even have grants for heating system repair costs. Whether you heat with oil, wood, pellets, propane, or electric heat, you may qualify for aid. This program runs typically from November through May, or as funds remain available. Program administered by Colville Confederated Tribes and Okanogan Community Action Council (see below).
Okanogan Community Action Council
Okanogan County Community Action Council (OCCAC) is "leading a revolt on poverty through education, empowerment, and engagement." To learn more about OCCAC, visit their website, Okanogan Community Action Council, or call at 509-422-4041 or 877-641-0101 for more information. Open Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- LIHEAP Energy Assistance Program
- Catholic Charities Program
- Project Help (see above)
- Veteran's Relief Fund - Jason Allen 509-422-4041, Katrina Cates 509-557-9369, Amanda Steele 509-557-9845
Colville Confederated Tribes
Administers LIHEAP and senior heating energy assistance program for Colville Tribal members.
509-634-2769 or 1-888-881-7684
LIHEAP for Yakima Nation enrolled Tribal members. 509-865-5121
- Brewster Area - Brewster Record Clerk at Police Dept: Juana 509-689-2756
- Tonasket Area - Free Methodist Church: Ext. #3 for Bethany, 509-486-2194
- Twisp Area - Room One: 509-997-2050
- Pateros, Methow, Brewster Area - Pateros-Brewster Community Resource Center: 509-923-7560 or Gene 509-449-9028
Family Support Network 1-800-504-4098
Washington Council of the Blind
Only for individuals who are legally blind. 1-800-255-1147 or www.wcbinfo.org