Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area

Winter Energy Assistance

Two Types of Winter Energy Assistance and Homeowner Heating System Repairs Available:hljh

  1. Winter Energy Assistance is a one time a year assistance to help pay primary heating source bill. 

  • The amount is based upon household size, income and the type of fuel used.  

  •  Households that have a member that is 60 years of age or older and/or is disabled, program starts on November 1

  •  All other households,  program starts on December 1.

    1. What does primary heat heat source mean?
      1. The primary heat source is the source of energy that the existing permanently installed heating system uses to heat the home. 
      2. If you have a central heating unit you may have two sources, the one that heats the air and then electric to blow the air through the house.  The one that heats the air is the primary source.

    Winter Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) Season

The Winter ECIP is designed to provide financial assistance to households in a verifiable energy crisis.  It is primarily used to restore or prevent disconnection of service for at least thirty (30) days.

So what does a crisis mean?

  • Shut off/Disconnect notice, or
  • Terminated service, or
  • No service but you have an old bill that must be paid to get service turned on, or
  • Low or no propane, kerosene, fuel oil, or firewood.

When Does This Program Start and Who is Eligible?

  1. Households that have a member that is 60 years of age or older and/or is disabled, program starts on November 1.
  2. All other households the program starts on December 1.
  3. Program will end when program funds have been expended.
  4. Must be in a crisis with your primary and/or secondary energy source.
  5. Can assist homeowner's with repair/replace heating unit.