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Project SHARE provides relief from utility bills

Published 6:44pm Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Project SHARE and the American Red Cross are making sure elderly and disabled do not have to be left out in the cold this winter.

Project SHARE or Service to Help Alabamians with Relief on Energy is an energy assistance program for low-income elderly or disabled individuals, funded by voluntary donations and administered by the Red Cross.

“We have people come in who are really struggling to survive,” said Doris Black, administrative assistant for the Alabama Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross. “Project SHARE provides them with some heat for their home.”

Black said Project SHARE helped 118 Tallapoosa County families deal with utility costs last year.

“The people we help go away from here elated,” Black said. “For people on a fixed income high utility bills are difficult to manage.”

To qualify for assistance from Project SHARE, the head of the household must be either 62 years old or older or receiving a disability check. Applicants must also prove their income falls within the approve guidelines based on family size.

Residents of Tallapoosa County can begin applying for Project SHARE by making an appointment with the Red Cross beginning on Jan. 2. A Red Cross representative will interview applicants to make sure they meet the requirements and will begin accepting applications Jan. 8.

Project SHARE began in 1982 through an agreement between Alabama Power Company and the American Red Cross. Since 1984, Alabama Gas Corporation and 24 other electric cooperatives and municipalities have joined and now participate in the program.

To learn more about the program or to apply for assistance, contact the Red Cross at 256-234-3291.

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