Utility Money Runs Dry
COLUMBIA - The Central Missouri Community Action ran out of money to help people pay for utilities. To qualify for help, a family of four can only make $2,481 in a month. A single individual can only make $1,218 in a month.
In total, the CMCA received $171, 652 to help Boone County residents pay for utilities. The maximum amount a family can receive is $300. To receive this money, participants must bring in their utility bill and also meet all qualifications.
CMCA Community Services Supervisor Adam Tipton said although they have run out of money, people can still help themselves. "We constantly try to educate our families in the community on ways to reduce those bills to help prevent the bills from being turned off," Tipton said.
Tipton also recommends attending their classes on weatherization, a process to help make your home more energy efficient.
Bridgette Evans, a single mother of four, says this problem isn't just at the CMCA. After going to seven different organizations, she hoped CMCA would be able to help.
"Today I came into CMCA for assistance with the electricity bill to find out they don't have any funds and nobody else does," Evans said.
To learn more about weatherization, the CMCA is holding a class August 19th at 10 a.m.