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ST. LOUIS  ( KTVI ) Things are starting to heat up and  there are a number of places you can turn if you need  assistance paying your utility bills in St. Louis, Missouri.

Some local agencies  in St. Louis  can provide the necessary assistance to avoid disconnection. "Due  to the  escalating costs of just about everything , from food to electricity , it's becoming more of a struggle every month for families  in Missouri to stay current on their bills," said Georgie Donahue,  Community Action Agency Director of Program Administration

The Community Action  Agency in St. Louis County is gearing up for next week when they will  start  excepting applications from thousands of low income  families  to help pay  their utility bills  through its'  Low Income Energy Assistance Program. "We know with the  severe winter and  what it did to many  of our utility bills , and when you consider people on the  lower end of the income , they pay a much higher percentage  of their income towards their unities because they are not  making as much money," said Donahue.

The LIHEAP Summer Energy Assistance Program begins on Monday, June 2 for electric service disconnection notices only.  If you have already received energy assistance this winter, you do not need to re-apply. Just submit your current disconnection notice(s) for consideration of assistance. If you have not applied since October 1, 2013, you must complete a LIHEAP application to submit with your disconnection notice.

If you live in St. Louis County contact  the Community Action Agency  and you may also click of the following link below  for more information and to fill out your application.  http://www.caastlc.org/index.html

If you live in St. Louis City contact the Urban League of St. Louis.

The Urban League Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
is designed to provide emergency financial assistance to help pay past due cooling bills for residents in St. Louis City and Wellston. Eligibility for LIHEAP is based on income, family size and availability of resources. Your electric service must be in risk of disconnection or disconnected to receive assistance.

Apply immediately—funding is limited! Do not complete a new application if you already applied and were approved during the winter/spring season. You are already eligible and need to provide a copy of your disconnection notice to receive additional assistance. You must reapply if you have moved. Call (314) 615-3640 to ask about additional assistance.

New Applicants must provide copies of social security cards and proof of income for all household members and your most recent past due electric bill.
Apply by Mail or Fax

Applications and supporting documentation may be mailed to:
Urban League LIHEAP
P.O. Box 23457
St. Louis, MO 63156
or faxed to (314) 531-7462

Applications are available online at ulstl.org or by calling (314) 615-3640

Apply in Person
3701 Grandel Square, St. Louis, MO 63108

Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m.—3 p.m.

 Other Basic and emergency assistance in St. Louis

A few of the local charities and non-profit agencies to turn to for crisis assistance include the organizations below:

Catholic Charities of St. Louis - This agency offers over 100 different programs. They range from foreclosure and housing counseling, to rent and energy bill help, up through senior programs and child care. They help people of all religions and ages. If you do not qualify for direct financial aid then social workers from Catholic Charities can provide legal support, guidance, and referrals to other St. Louis non-profits. Also children can explore special holiday programs. Dial (314) 367-5500,

Crisis Food Center - Receive clothing, free food and groceries, and housing hold products at the Crisis Food Center. (618) 462-8201

Emergency Assistance Ministry - This agency provides help to people in the zip codes of 63031, 63033, 63034, 63042. The non-profit provides emergency financial assistance with paying the last $40.00 on utility and heating bills, rent, mortgage, housing, water bills and prescription medications. Dial (314) 831-0879

St. Patrick Center - The charity offers self-sufficiency to those facing eviction or the homeless. Services include employment, financial stability, and mental health care. Also get information on affordable housing and programs to pay the rent or security deposit on a new home or apartment. 800 North Tucker Boulevard, Saint Louis, MO 63101. Call (314) 802-0700

Circle of Concern of Valley Park Missouri supports western St. Louis County, Missouri. Food, emergency financial assistance for paying bills such as energy or rent may be available. (636) 861-2623

Community Helping Ministry is made up of churches, non-profits, and charities. They help qualified residents in the Pattonville School District and offer referrals and qualified families can access their limited resources. 3770 McKelvey Road, Bridgeton, Missouri 63044, (314) 770-2216

St. Louis Department of Human Services - Programs administered include Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Summer Food Service Program, homeless services, and energy bill help. They also have information on various government and public assistance programs. One of the services in highest demand is funds for paying heating and utility bills.  

Glen-Ed Pantry - If you live in Edwardsville or Glen Carbon, Illinois, this agency (phone (618) 656-7506) can provide you with emergency assistance including help for rent and utility assistance, free food, clothing, and even school supplies.