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Keeping the Power On-New Bill Helps Struggling Oregon Families

July 9, 2007

Keeping the lights on is a necessity in any household, but for many Oregon families it's a struggle. Thanks to the legislature, more Oregon seniors and families with children will get some help. A bill that expands the Oregon Energy Assistance Program is on its way to the governor's desk. Jim Abrahamson with the Community Action Partnership of Oregon says even with the additional funds, they'll only be able to reach some of the families who need help.

“There are almost 419,000 total Oregon households who are qualified for this assistance.”

But Abrahamson notes that even with the extra money, the need far outweighs the increase.

“About one in five Oregon households that qualify for low-income bill payment assistance actually get it.”

The additional funding will help about 16,000 Oregon households keep their power and energy bills current. The funding goes into effect in January.

Dondrea Warner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - OR