CAA offers to pay utilities

Published 4:00 pm Thursday, October 13, 2005

By Staff
From Staff Reports
Atmore residents are all too familiar with needing assistance following hurricanes.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, Red Cross, and numerous other organizations have helped by lending a hand both financially and with food during the aftermath of Hurricanes Ivan, Dennis and Katrina.
The Community Action Agency of Baldwin, Escambia, Clarke, Monroe and Conecuh counties are currently having a mass distribution of aid for Hurricane Katrina victims and evacuees to assist with utility bills.
For those living in Atmore, representatives with the Community Action Agency will be on hand at the Atmore City Hall auditorium beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
To be eligible, a household must have incurred expenses or losses due to Hurricane Katrina. A household must self-declare the entire income of all household members for the entire month, prior to the month they apply for assistance. The head of household should make the application.
Monthly income cannot be in excess of the following: one person, $1,163; two people, $1,561; three people, $1,959 and four people, $2,357. Add $398 per month for each additional household member thereafter to determine eligibility.
Customers that have been assisted this year may still apply, if you household incurred damages, expenses or losses due to Hurricane Katrina, which should be validated.
Payment will be made directly to the utility company that supplies electricity or gas. No payments will be made to the household.
Funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The number of applications taken daily is limited due to the application process and availability of funds. Applications will only be taken the second week, if funds prohibit. Special arrangements may be made for the elderly and physically challenged. Deposits and reconnect fees may be limited.

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