Spire Customers May Be Eligible For Heating Funds This Winter

Funds become available Dec. 1

ST. LOUIS (Nov. 30, 2018) – For those who struggle to pay their heating bills during Missouri’s coldest months, this can be a stressful time of year. And Spire wants to remind everyone that help is on the way.

Starting Dec. 1, federal heating funds (known as Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP) will be available to all qualified customers.

“We’ve already seen very cold temperatures throughout Missouri and we are not into December yet. We know this can be incredibly stressful for local families, so if you think you may qualify for federal funds, I encourage you to apply today,” said Julie Trachsel, manager of community and agency services for Spire. “The process is simple and we’re here to help whenever you need us.”

To start the application process, customers can contact their local community action agency.

Here’s a look at other options and plans available right now:

  • Payment plans: The Missouri Cold Weather Rule provides the most lenient payment plans available. Plans are available now through March 31. Call Spire today to see if you qualify and sign up.
  • State and federal funds: Funds are available for customers based on income level, age and disability. Please reach out to your local community action agency to start the application process today.
  • DollarHelp: Local funds are also available through DollarHelp. Many Spire customers donate $1 a month on their utility bill to help neighbors in need. And Spire matches $150,000 every year to help the communities we serve. These funds are available now through local agencies.
  • Budget billing: Every customer can take advantage of budget billing, which helps ease the crunch of higher winter bills by spreading out costs over a 12-month period.

If a customer needs assistance to stay warm this winter, the best thing to do is give us a call directly.

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