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NECAC to take applications for utility assistance

Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 8:42 am

The not-for-profit North East Community Action Corporation will take applications for winter utility assistance from qualifying families and individuals starting Nov. 1.

Applications for senior citizens and the disabled started Oct. 1, and will continue.

NECAC is a 12-county area not-for-profit social service, community health and public housing Community Action Agency.  NECAC contracts with federal, state, and local governments; private businesses; and other not-for profit organizations to operate and administer self-sufficiency service programs for the low-income, elderly, youth, disabled, and disadvantaged population. The agency’s Central Administration Offices are located in Bowling Green, with NECAC Service Centers operated in each county.

Eligibility for energy assistance is based upon income, the number of people per household, and the type of heating source.

This program is funded 100 percent with federal funds received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division, which then contracts and monitors the local administration of the program to non-profit groups such as NECAC. All 19 Missouri Community Action Agencies are contracted to administer the program throughout the state.

The program pays part of the utility bills of income-qualifying people. Applications will be accepted by mail and in person from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at NECAC Service Centers in each county.

“We know that there’s a lot of need out there, especially at this time of the year,” said Linda Fritz, NECAC emergency services supervisor. “We urge people to take advantage of the assistance offered by this program.”

People who receive a utility shut-off notice may also qualify for assistance through the Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP). Each energy assistance qualifying household can get up to $800 to pay overdue utility bills through ECIP.

For more information, call or visit the following NECAC County Service Center: Lincoln County: 11 Woodcrest Dr. in Troy — 636-528-7604.