OAR 813-201-0003
Purpose and Objectives

OAR chapter 813, division 201 provides specific guidance for the allocation and distribution of funds received through the CARES Act for the purpose of providing energy assistance. The Emergency Board designated Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) as the state agency responsible for administering the Energy Assistance Stability Program (EAS) funds. EAS funds were originally due to expire on December 30, 2020. However, the Federal funder has granted an extension for expenditures through June 30, 2021. As with the original granting of EAS funds, OHCS has continued to deliver the EAS funds through a process similar to that with the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), identified in OAR chapter 813, division 200. The purpose of the EAS program is to be responsive to the realities and challenges associated with COVID-19, and to provide financial relief to vulnerable households that are experiencing impacts due to COVID-19, including but not limited to further economic and health risks to Oregonians due to utility disconnections for failure to pay their utility bills caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as by increased utility costs as a result of the stay-at-home order and decreased household income due to extensive job loss caused by COVID-19.

Source: Rule 813-201-0003 — Purpose and Objectives, https://secure.­sos.­state.­or.­us/oard/view.­action?ruleNumber=813-201-0003.

Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

Rule 813-201-0003’s source at or​.us