Geneva residents get assistance for their high power bills

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GENEVA, Ala. (WTVY) - Lines were out the door at the Geneva County Farm Center, it was all people looking for help paying their power bills.

"We're seeing that some of the bills were double what they normally are this time last year,” said Karinne Simmons, the CEO of Southeast Alabama Community Action Partnership, or SEACAP.

She spent Wednesday at the farm center helping people pay their electric bills.

"I had to run my heater more this month than I did in the past,” said Samantha Henley, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for her and her three year old.

People like her are having a hard time making ends meet after her power bill skyrocketed during last month's cold snap. SEACAP’s mission is to help people like Samantha avoid slipping into poverty .

"This is a great help for people who need that assistance if they are income eligible."

Three other ladies who were there seeking assistance say their bill is usually $250-300, but the last one went over $700.

"This one bill can help pay mortgage or rent. What we often see is sometimes they decide between their medications or electric bill,” added Simmons.

When you have multiple mouths to feed, every penny counts.

"I need this, it'll help out a lot."

To be considered, families must bring a driver’s license, social security card, current electric bill and 2018 proof of income for all family members.

There will be a credit applied to the bill in the next 4-6 weeks. This service is offered in Barbour, Coffee, Geneva, Henry and Houston Counties.

You can also schedule an appointment with SEACAP by visiting their website: