Program helps low income families pay electric bills

Program helps low income families pay electric bills (Image 1)

As the hot temperatures remain in the Mid-State, the Metro Action Commission is continuing help those who need help paying their energy bill through the Home Energy Assistance program.

Lisa McCready with the Metro Action Commission told Nashville's News 2 the commission has been helping families in need for years.

“We want to make sure, especially as temperatures are reaching their highest, that they know these funds are available,” she said.

According to McCready, the mild winter temperatures have left the agency with surplus assistance funds that will allow the program to help nearly 2,000 more families.

To qualify for assistance, applicants must be a Davidson County resident who has not received assistance since June of last year, as well as meet other income requirements.

Applicants must also provide a current, active energy bill, as well as proof of income and social security cards for each member of the household.

James Guevera is just one of many Nashvillians taking advantage of the program.

“It's a big help,” the self-employed, father of two said. “If the funding wasn't available, then we can't get simple bills like the electric bill paid, then we're going to have to skip a car payment or skip a mortgage payment.”

The Metro Action Commission helps 13,000 families pay their energy bills each year.

Click here for more information on how to apply for assistance or to apply for the Summer Cooling program.

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