New Energy Assistance Pilot Program

SNAP has begun a pilot program for Avista customers only, that would provide year-round assistance.  Eligibility guidelines are as follows:

  • Only available to Avista customers
  • Provides a year-round Avista bill rate discount (natural gas or electric, must choose one)
  • It is a Pilot program (test program). There are no guarantees that it will continue past September 2017.
  • Limited to 800 customers; 700 in Spokane County; and 100 in Stevens, Lincoln and Ferry counties.
  • The rate discount starts on October 1, 2015
  • It is only available for customers in Spokane, Stevens, Lincoln, and Ferry counties.
  • It is available for limited income senior, and disabled customers, living on a fixed income
  • To be placed on a list to be signed up for the October 1, 2015 program start date:
    • Spokane County customers must contact the Northeast SNAP office at 509-487-1114.

Stevens, Lincoln and Ferry counties customers must contact Rural Resources at 509-685-6000.