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Tri-County Community Council to Help Pay Electric Bills

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

Its during the hot summer months that people tend to see their electric bills sky rocket.
More energy is being used to cool down houses, and this can put a strain on many people's wallets.
However there is hope.
A program that serves many areas of northwest Florida, hopes to help assist the people who are in financial straits.

“With hot weather we get a lot of requests for energy assistance. The low income energy assistance program will help people with their power bill, or propane in the winter for heating.” Executive Director of the Tri-county community council Joel Paul Jr. said.

Paul says it's as simple as walking in the door and filling out some paperwork.
But there are some guidelines you have to meet.

"We go by federal guidelines, the poverty level. We would have to have their picture id, social security cards, for everybody in the household, proof of income for the last thirty days and their utility bill." Community Service Specialist Lisa Biddle said.

Biddle says it’s based on household size and income.

“Whether they are elderly or a young couple on low income, sometimes a two or three hundred dollar power bill, can really upset their budgets especially with school starting.” Paul said.

And right now, the program has a lot of grant money to give.

“It is a very easy process and we have available funding right now and we need to spend it.” Paul said.

And if you are in desperate need for the money or are in fear of being disconnected,
The program can get you the money rather quickly

“The grant has some requirements but we are required to do a pretty quick turnaround.” Paul said.

Each family is limited to the amount of times they can get assistance.
And the program is first come first serve
The tri county commission council takes applications on Mondays.
If you would like more information about this program, head over to our web channel at wtvy.com and click on the 4 more info tab.


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