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Wyoming receives $2.4 million to help low income households pay energy, heating bills

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CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) has received $2.4 million in federal CARES Act funding for a program aimed to help low-income families impacted by COVID-19 pay heating and energy bills.

The program is administered by the Wyoming Department of Family Services who said on Wednesday, July 1 that the funding will allow the Wyoming LIEAP program to expand to include the federally funded LIEAP CARES program.

“Wyoming families shouldn’t have to choose between putting food on the table and paying their home energy bills,” Brenda Ilg, DFS LIEAP program manager said in the release. “This critical funding will help us help families stay afloat.  It will give peace of mind to thousands of current LIEAP recipients, and to many other Wyoming citizens who may become eligible for the program due to income loss.”

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“We know these are challenging times for Wyoming families, and we are here to help. We strongly encourage families and individuals who think they may be eligible to apply.”

Eligibility for the LIEAP program is based on:

-gross household income

-household size

-whether the applicant is responsible for paying the home energy costs

Wyoming DFS

“Households that believe they may now qualify for LIEAP assistance should submit a LIEAP application,” the release adds.

Applications can be submitted:

“The fax and mailing information is printed on the application,” Wyoming DFS added.

Further information about applying is available online.

Applications will be accepted throughout the summer and again at the start of the 2020-2021 LIEAP season.

“Current LIEAP recipients, who submitted a LIEAP application between September 1, 2019 and February 29, 2020, should call 1-800-246-4221 to request the additional CARES assistance,” Wyoming DFS added.

The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:

What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: covid@cnchd.org

  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.