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EOC Investing $10 million in Energy Assistance this Year

15 Oct. 2015

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EOC Investing $10 million in Energy Assistance this Year

Energy Outreach Colorado is investing $10 million in energy bill payment assistance for low-income families and seniors during the coming year. EOC is focusing on helping struggling Coloradans move from homelessness to housing by paying off old energy bills that are preventing homeless families from moving into stable housing. The funding is being distributed through a statewide network of more than 100 community organizations, and is applied as a direct credit to the energy bill of each qualifying households.

“Many recently homeless families would be able to afford to stay on top of monthly energy bills if they could just pay off their old energy debt,” said Enrique Hernandez, EOC’s energy assistance manager. “We are making it a priority to remove this burden so they can become self-sufficient and remain in stable housing over the long term.”

A retired Lakewood couple who recently received energy bill payment assistance was worried about being ab le to stay in their home amidst extensive medical costs.“We’re both on oxygen and CPAP machines, so without electricity we just wouldn’t make it. Without this help I don’t know what we would have done. We were down to choosing whether to buy food or pay the utility.”

Energy Outreach Colorado is in its 26th year of raising funds through individual and organizational donors for energy bill payment assistance and is the only nonprofit in Colorado to do so. For more information, go to http://www.energyoutreach.org/what-we-do/individual-family-programs.

 

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