November marks the beginning of the utility assistance season in northeast Missouri.

Officials with the Northeast Community Action Corporation report that applications are now being taken for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Emergency Crisis Intervention Program.

According to NECAC’s Brent Engel, LIHEAP pays from $45 to $450 directly to utility companies to help with energy costs. The ECIP program pays up to $800 to individuals or families who have received a disconnection notice.

Applications for energy assistance are available at any NECAC county service center.