Funding for Energy Program Drops this Year

7 years 8 months 1 week ago Wednesday, October 06 2010 Oct 6, 2010 Wednesday, October 06, 2010 10:59:36 PM CDT October 06, 2010 in News

COLUMBIA - A $2 billion drop in federal funding for an energy assistance program could leave many low income Mid-missourians with no electricity this winter.

Normally the Central Missouri Community Action Center gets its fund in October first, but when people showed up Friday, they were literally left in the dark.

Seniors and people with disabilities who qualify for the assistance didn't get it until yesterday after the money came through.

Last year the department of health and senior services approved $5.1 billion, but this year the department is allocating only $3.3 billion.

The Boone County Action Center is already feeling the effects from the drop in funds.

"We had a lot of unhappy people that were coming to our office expecting to go ahead and apply for utility assistance." CMCA executive director Darin Presis. "Many of them had their utilities turned off last week and they had to get through the weekend without those utilties because we couldnt process the payment for them."

Starting in November, anyone income eligible, like a family of four earning less than $24,000 per year can apply for energy assistance.

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