Emergency Energy Assistance Available for Seniors
Pinellas County Human Services Department can provide emergency energy assistance of up to $400 to senior citizens unable to pay their power bills.
Funds from the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco/Pinellas Inc. can help residents 60 and older in danger of having their power disconnected during the prime heating and cooling seasons when demand-and bills-are higher than normal. Eligible seniors must have a crisis with a 'statement of interruption' or a past due bill from the utility company to be considered for help. You may also qualify to receive repairs to a furnace, or a voucher for a blanket or heater. The heating season has been extended through May 31, 2007. Applications are now being accepted.
Eligible seniors can receive help up to twice a year during each high -demand season, much as $400 is available to keep power bills current. Human Services staff members will screen those seeking assistance to determine if they meet income limits. The income limit is 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guideline. For a household of one, the limit is $15,315 a year. For two people, the income limit is $20,535 (Add $5,220 for each additional member of family units with more than eight members.)
Prospective clients can either stop by a Human Services office or request a home visit. Human Services offices are located at 2189 Cleveland Street - Suite 230, in Clearwater and at 647 First Ave. North, in St. Petersburg. For an appointment and information please call Annie Shaw at (727) 464-8400 in the Clearwater Office. In the St. Petersburg office, call Ann Eicher at (727) 582-7781.
Assistance is provided without discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, age, disability, religion or national origin.
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