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Assistance program offers electric bill coverage

An Energy Assistance Program at Area IV is offering money to help cover electricity costs.

Posted: Apr 13, 2018 6:09 PM
Updated: Apr 13, 2018 6:11 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)-- An Energy Assistance Program at Area IV is offering money to help cover electricity costs.

With the warm weather approaching, Area IV wants people to know they can still save money.

The program would help people on low or fixed incomes pay off their heating and electric bills. People who qualify for this program would save around $400 on their electricity bill for an entire year. 

Applications require documentation such as social security cards, proof of income and current heat and electric bills. Funds can be given to anyone who meets the requirement regardless of whether they are a homeowner or renting.

Executive Director Elva James said this is a perfect opportunity for people.

"What happens is they apply, we complete all the eligibility paperwork and then the money is transmitted directly to the utility company on their account," James said.

Starting this weekend, Area 4 is trying to get the word out with flyers they are hanging on doors. With these signs they're putting up, it shows a person's eligibility depending on the size of their household.

Homeowner Carla Montalvo says this program makes life easier for both her and her adopted daughter.

"You don't have to be homeless, you don't have to be a millionaire," Montalvo said. "Sometimes those situations change immensely and then you're sitting there where you never thought you would be sitting and you're needing that assistance."

She says without it, she doesn't know where she'd be.

"They're there and they are the most wonderful people in the world. If it weren't for them I would not have heat and electricity."

For information to see if you are eligible for the program, visit the Energy Assitance Program here.

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