COLUMBIA, Mo. - Columbia's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program opened its doors Friday to all household members who are in need of energy assistance.
The program will run through March 2018, but Central Missouri Community Action said because the allocation of funds is a fixed amount, CMCA will accept applications as long as the state has funds.
LIHEAP said for the past several years, it has run out of funds for its winter crisis program between the end of February and early March.
Benefits are distributed based on household size, income and whether natural gas, propane or electric is used for home heating.
Columbia resident David Robinson said having this service means a lot to him.
"I don't have anyone I can really rely on. I try to be as self-sufficient as I possibly can, and again, I am very grateful and blessed to have (the) service that they provide," Robinson said.
For more information on how to get energy assistance, you can find that by clicking, here.