DENVER, Oct. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To help Coloradans remain warm and safe in their homes this winter, Energy Outreach Colorado this month is awarding grants totaling $7.2 million for statewide energy bill payment assistance.
The funding, which is down about $2 million from last year due to cuts in state severance tax payments, is going to 105 community organizations that are part of EOC's assistance network. These community organizations accept energy assistance applications, determine eligibility and approve direct payments to local utility or fuel companies to cover struggling households' overdue bills. They receive grant funding on a quarterly basis.
Information about applying for energy assistance is at energyoutreach.org/get-help or toll-free at 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435).
One Colorado grandmother who recently received energy bill payment assistance was abruptly forced to move into more expensive housing. Eileen, 60, received 30 days-notice that the small duplex she had been living in with her daughter and grandson was being renovated and no longer would be eligible for her Section 8 housing voucher discount.
"Housing is just immensely high and this was the cheapest place I could get," she said, noting that her rent increased by 400 percent.
Energy Outreach Colorado is in its 27th year of providing energy assistance to Coloradans. It also manages the state's Crisis Intervention Program, which repairs the nonworking heating systems of low-income households, and provides grants to install energy efficiency improvements in affordable housing and nonprofit facilities. More information is available at EnergyOutreach.org.
About Energy Outreach
EOC raises funds to help low-income Coloradans afford home energy and remain warm and safe in their homes. Established in 1989, Energy Outreach works with partner assistance organizations, vendors and subcontractors across the state to provide energy bill payment assistance, emergency home furnace repair, energy efficiency grants for affordable housing and nonprofit facilities, energy education, and advocacy on behalf of low-income energy consumers. To donate go to energyoutreach.org /donate.
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SOURCE Energy Outreach Colorado