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NeighborImpact offers help with summer electric bills


NeighborImpact’s Energy Assistance program announced Monday a new summer energy assistance program specifically for electric bills.

Even if households have already received assistance for their winter heating bills, they may be eligible for another payment through the summer program, the agency said.

Area residents are encouraged to call 541-504-2155 to set up an appointment in one of our 5 locations in Bend, Redmond, LaPine, Madras, and Prineville or to have an application sent to them. We have extended our appointment calendar to include evening appointments on Tuesdays in Bend and we also have early morning appointments available.

“We are working to improve our outreach and availability to all communities in central Oregon,” says Joyce Cranston, energy assistance manager for NeighborImpact. “We provide a necessary service for qualified households and want to be accessible when people need us. Our expanded summer cooling program will make it easier for people to get ahead of their utility costs before winter bills escalate.”

Furthermore, there is still funding available for supplemental payments for natural gas, propane or oil utility bills. Income qualification is necessary for all supplemental payments. Income guidelines are on the NeighborImpact website:

During the 2015-2016 fiscal year, NeighborImpact served over 12,000 individuals and provided more than $2,054,500 in energy assistance dollars to low-income residents in Deschutes, Jefferson, and Crook Counties. For more information about the Energy Assistance program, visit us online at or call 541-318-7506.

About NeighborImpact: Since 1985, NeighborImpact has been a leader in developing solutions and bringing resources to Crook, Jefferson and Deschutes County. The agency offers a diversity of services meeting basic human needs for food and shelter, while enriching people’s lives by providing access to increased education, skills, and hope for the future. NeighborImpact is a private nonprofit organization that receives federal, state and local grants, foundation grants, donations from individuals and business in our community. To learn more about NeighborImpact, please visit

NeighborImpact is a 21 Cares for Kids partner.

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