UCAN gets funding to help with heating bills

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- With the low temperature comes high heating bills, and for some families that are already struggling to make ends meet, that increase could be tough.

The United Community Action Network announced on Friday that there's help for that.

UCAN received funding to help low income families pay energy bills. It's called the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.

Organizers say it's essential for struggling families. "Especially during this time of year when heating bills are going up, it really helps families meet their basic needs that they may be struggling with," said program director Alesha Sullivan.

People are eligible fro assistance if they are a renter or homeowner who meets 60% of the state's median income guidelines.

Officials with UCAN say funding is available on a first come, first serve basis, so Sullivan recommends calling right away.

For more information, you can contact UCAN at 541-492-3535, or visit their Web site.