SNAP opened the second round of heating assistance appointments for the 2016/17 heating season on Tuesday.
The appointments are available to those who have not yet received heating assistance since Oct. 1, 2016.
Eligible Spokane County individuals can call 242-2376 or go to snapwa.org to make an appointment. SNAP has six appointment locations in the Spokane area including Cheney, Airway Heights and the Spokane Valley.
“We have 7800 appointment slots available during this round and we encourage people to apply before they are behind on their bill” said Carol Weltz, Energy Operations coordinator.
Heating assistance is income based, not an emergency program, so all households with a qualifying income are encouraged to apply. Heating assistance can help a struggling household free up money to pay for other essential expenses like food or rent – a shut-off notice is not required to receive heating assistance.
The SNAP Energy Assistance program was designed to help eligible households ease the financial impact of a portion of heating costs. Spokane County households are eligible for this program once per heating season or while funding is available. The funding for this program comes from several funding sources including Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program funded through the Washington State Department of Commerce, and Low Income Rate Assistance Program funded through a tariff on area utility bills. More information including income guidelines at snapwa.org/energyassistance
SNAP is a nonprofit, donor-funded community action agency serving low-income residents in the greater Spokane area. SNAP’s mission is to connect and provide access to resources that create opportunities, with dignity, for low-income people. With more than 30 community-based programs from housing to money management, SNAP helps thousands of Spokane residents.
More information, at snapwa.org