Energy assistance available for low-income seniors

  • Mar 18, 2016

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (March 18, 2016) – Manatee County is accepting applications for the Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly grant which offers financial help to residents ages 60 and older who have an economic hardship.

 Tracie Adams, Manatee's Human Services Manager, says Manatee County may approve up to $600 in state grant assistance for a household twice a year. Assistance is available to a household once during the cooling season, April 1 through Sept. 30, and again during the heating season, Oct. 1 to March 31.


Manatee has about $4,500 per month to distribute to needy customers through March 31, 2017. There is still approximately $1,500 of funding available now through March 31, 2016 from the current grant year.


The program is available to Florida Power & Light and Peace River Electric Cooperative customers.

“These are crisis benefits -- you're in jeopardy of having your power turned off or need it turned back on,” Adams said. "Recipients must have a final notice, past due amount or have their power disconnected in order to get the financial assistance.”


To be eligible for assistance, applicants must:

* Be part of a household with at least one person age 60 or older in the home;


* Have a documented heating or cooling emergency (a past due amount on your bill; a final notice of disconnection has been issued, a deposit due or your power has been turned off);

* Earn a gross household annual income equal to or less than 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. That means a one-person household could have an income of $17,655 or less to be eligible. A two-person home must show an income of less than $23,895. These amounts are subject to change based on the Federal Poverty Guidelines.


For more information or to make an appointment for assistance, call Manatee County Community Services Department at (941) 749-3030.


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