Whatcom & Island Counties:
*Update (9/10/21): Scheduling updates for the new 2021-20 season.
Whatcom and Island Counties will begin early scheduling for our vulnerable populations soon. Please note that appointments are limited and may fill prior to the end of the scheduling period.
- Seniors age 60 years and older: Call Sept 13-24 during open line hours.
- Households receiving a federal disability benefit (specifically SSI, SSDI, VA disability): Call Sept 27-Oct 8 during open line hours.
*General scheduling to the public will begin SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6th from 9am-2pm by phone for Island & Whatcom Counties. In addition, Whatcom will have online scheduling available starting Nov 6th.
We are preparing for the start of our new 2021-22 energy season. Please see our notice above for specifics based on the county you live in. As all scheduled appointments will be by phone, we will need a VALID, working phone number to reach you for your scheduled appointment.
October 2021: We may have a very limited number of crisis appointments available on a weekly basis starting on Mondays. To qualify for a crisis, you must have a 72-hour disconnection notice from your electric/gas or water/sewer utility. Once we fill crisis for the week, more will be available the following Monday.
Starting on November 8, 2021, crisis appointments will be open to those who primarily heat with propane, heating oil, or wood. To qualify for a crisis, your propane or oil tank must be at or below 10% remaining, or have less than a 7 day supply of wood, or be at risk of disconnection from your electric/gas/water/sewer utility with a 72-hour notice. Crisis appointments will still be very limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Once we fill crisis for the week, more will be available the following Monday.
We will have multiple scheduling opportunities throughout the year so keep checking back for updates.
Energy Assistance is not just a winter program but year-round. It is an income-eligible program–you do not have to be behind on your utility bill to receive assistance.
San Juan County:
As of 9/1/2021: LIHEAP is now closed. Please contact your local resource center of your interest to apply.
LIHEAP is offered through your local community & family resource centers on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Islands. To apply for LIHEAP or other programs that may be available, please contact them directly.