Dec. 1 marks start of NECAC utility assistance for families and individuals

December 01, 2022

A local agency has a remedy for rising utility costs.
The North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) is taking applications for the federally-funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Energy Crisis Intervention Program in 12 Missouri counties.
The program began Nov. 1 for the elderly and disabled, and kicked off Dec. 1 for families and individuals.
NECAC assisted about 9,000 households with utility assistance last year, and expects the number to increase this winter due to inflation and escalating costs.
LIHEAP offers a one-time payment to income-qualifying households depending upon the type of utility they use. The maximum benefit for propane-heated homes is $990. It's $652 for natural gas, $636 for electricity and $438 for wood.
ECIP may be used by income-qualifying household through September 2023, with a maximum of up to $1,600.
NECAC is accepting utility assistance applications online or in person at its service centers. The monthly income limit for a one-person household is $2,370. For a four-person residence, it's $4,558. Additional amounts are available upon request.
The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is distributed through the Missouri Department of Social Services, which then contracts with NECAC and the 18 other Community Action Agencies in Missouri to administer the service. Payments are sent directly to utility companies.
More information is available at, calling 573-324-0120 or by contacting one of the following NECAC Service Centers:
Lewis County: 408 S. Fourth[ ] in Canton -- 573-288-3969.
Lincoln County: 11 Woodcrest Dr. in Troy -- 636-528-7604.
Macon County: 907 Highway PP in Macon -- 660-385-4616.
Marion County: 3518 Palmyra Road in Hannibal -- 573-221-7166.
Monroe County: 314 N. Washington in Paris -- 660-327-4110.
Montgomery County: 137 Farnen in Montgomery City -- 573-564-3606.
Pike County: 805 Bus. Hwy. 61 North in Bowling Green -- 573-324-2207.
Ralls County: 411 Main in New London -- 573-985-2411.
Randolph County: 1903 N. Morley Suite B in Moberly -- 660-263-6595.
Shelby County: 204 E. Third in Shelbyville -- 573-633-2210.
St. Charles County: 3400 Meadow Pointe Drive in O'Fallon -- 636-272-3477,
Warren County: 120 E. Main in Warrenton -- 636-456-8191.