Cooler Temperatures Still Not Enough to Help with Utility Rates

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COLUMBIA - Central Missouri Community Action said Tuesday many mid-Missouri residents cannot afford to pay for utilities despite this spring's cooler temperatures.

Some nonprofit agencies like Central Missouri Community Action are also struggling to help families that are in need. The group's government funding sources cut its summer utility assistance funding this year. Community services director Angela Hirsch said only about $230,000 was given to assist families in need.

"The summer program started yesterday on June 3," said Hirsch. "And we have already spent about 16% of the funding in the last two days."

Hirsch also said the funding will only last through the first week of July. However, the agency will partner with other nonprofit organizations, resources and companies to ensure families will not be disconnected from utility services. During the summer season, assistance is only provided for electric and cooling costs. The maximum amount of funds a family can receive is $300.

If you have any questions about the summer utility assistance program or would like to apply for the program, visit