Centerstone’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) began a new program year on November 20, 2013.   At that time, eligible Seattle residents who pay for their electric, oil, wood, gas, coal or propane may apply for financial assistance to subsidize their home heating costs.  The appointment line accepts new appointments at 8am on the first business day of the week. To learn more, visit our Energy Assistance page.

Centerstone is currently looking for volunteer coaches for the launch of our Financial Coaching Program.  If you have 3 hours a month to donate to this fabulous cause of helping move individuals towards self-sufficiency through a better understanding of their own finances, consider joining our coaching team.  We will be hosting an information session for interested financial coaches on Thursday, October 17th from 5:30-6.  For more information visit our Financial Education page.

October 1, 2013 began a new program year for the Puget Sound Energy Home Energy Lifeline Program (PSE HELP).  Eligible residents who have gas in their home should apply for this program if they have less than a $100 credit in their PSE gas account.  Benefits range from $50-$1000 depending on personal energy usage.  To apply, call 1-800-348-7144 to schedule an appointment. New appointments are available on the first business day of the week at 8am.  If you have questions, call (206) 812-4940 with questions or visit Centerstone’s Energy Assistance Page.

Centerstone’s financial coaching program links participants with the structured support to increase their financial stability, build assets and achieve their personal goals. Through financial coaching, participants can expect to learn more about income generation, financial planning, asset building, controlling money, credit building and debt alleviation. The purpose of coaching is to partner with the client to raise awareness and deepen the learning for each participant. The coach’s role involves asking powerful questions, presenting resources and contributing ideas when requested to identify financial habits. For more information or to make an appointment please contact Amy at (206) 812-4950 or amy@center-stone.org

Biography: Amy Samudre

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Amy Samudre is responsible for the Financial Education Program management and delivery.  A trained counselor with an MBA specializing in Microfinance from Liverpool Hope University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington, Amy worked both domestically and internationally to promote self-sufficiency and resiliency within poor families before joining Centerstone in  2013.

 

Centerstone’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has closed for the season. We will no longer be accepting applications for energy assistance for electric, oil, wood, or propane as we have spent all of our allotted funds.

If you know clients who recently submitted an application, they will be informed in the next 2 weeks on the status of their application and whether they received funding.  If the applicant is unsure of their application status, please contact our main office to check after July 9th.

We anticipate re-opening the program in the fall, pending federal funding.  That will be a new “Program Year” and all clients will be eligible to apply at that time.  For updated information on when the program will open, visit Centerstone’s Energy Assistance page.

This year we served 7,630 households with an average benefit of $307.  In total, Centerstone distributed over $2.5 million in LIHEAP funds to low income Seattle residents.  Thank you to all of our fabulous partner organizations for all your help in facilitating the energy assistance process.