Energy Assistance Program
The utility moratorium on disconnections for all electric/natural gas/water has ended. Please be sure to contact your utility provider for payment arrangements to avoid disconnection of service. If you have a disconnection notice for water, sewer, electric, or gas utility, please contact our office in your area for a potential crisis appointment. If you are a renter, there may be utility help available through rental assistance. For water, please contact us when you are about 1-2 weeks out from being disconnected. NOTE: Appointments are limited.
Whatcom County: We have currently OPEN to schedule non-crisis, regular energy assistance appointments for the summer. We are still accepting a limited number of crisis appointments for those at risk of disconnection for electricity, water/sewer, and natural gas utilities or without heat for those with inoperable heat systems, or out of propane/wood/heating fuel.
Whatcom County Only: Online scheduling is now OPEN. Appointments scheduled online are filled first available. If you need flexibility, please call to schedule your appointment. See sidebar for link to online scheduling.
Island County: Appointments are still available. Please call using the phone number in the sidebar to schedule an appointment. Currently, there is no online option to schedule for Island County residents.
For both counties: A limited number of crisis appointments for those facing disconnection from their utility provider or without propane/heating oil (less than 10%) or less than 7 day supply of wood may be available depending on scheduling availability for the current week. Crisis appointments become available on Mondays at 9am until filled for the current week.
*If you are hearing- or speech-impaired, please contact us via email@example.com or send us a letter addressing your special accommodation and appointment preferences to: CS Manager-Energy, PO Box 2369, Bellingham, WA 98227-2369.
San Juan: LIHEAP is currently available. Please contact your nearest resource center for more information.
For a detailed update for programs available in our tri-county area, view Energy Scheduling Updates & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
The Opportunity Council offers bill assistance to eligible households for their home heating and energy bills. Households must be income eligible to receive assistance. Depending on the time of year, we may help with the electricity, natural gas, propane, heating oil, and wood bills.