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NAACP Offers Energy Relief

The new program is called Hand up Not a Hand out gives eligible residents up to 300 dollars to pay utility bills.

Posted: Aug 27, 2020 5:42 PM
Updated: Aug 27, 2020 8:54 PM

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI)- According to the NAACP African Americans are twice as likely to live in poverty. They also spend a higher fraction of their household income on electricity and heating.

That is why the organization is offering relief to struggling African Americans. The new program is called Hand up Not a Hand out gives eligible residents up to 300 dollars to pay utility bills. NAACP's Barbara Bolling-Williams says they hope to work with utility companies through this program as well.

“We'd like to get a commitment from that particular utility company if the money is greater than 300 dollars that they will accept the 300 dollars and forgive the balance,” said Bolling-Williams.

Applicants must receive a referral from a local NAACP Branch. Qualifying guidelines must include showing proof of lost income due to pandemic. This proof may consist of the following.

  • ACH in the bank account from an employer,
  • paycheck or have employment such as a waitress with obvious income from tips,
  • show fewer work hours, childcare, etc.
  • Must be a resident and not a business
  • Must receive a referral from a local NAACP Branch and not be a relative of the officers,
  • Must be African American or of African Descent

Residents can contact their local NAACP to apply or Contact Program Coordinator, La'Tony Troutman (219) 243- 4724. NAACP has around 6-thousand dollars for the program. They are accepting donations as well. To contact the Lafayette NAACP call (765) 464-2085.

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