Red Cross to accept Project SHARE applications

Published 9:29 am Thursday, January 13, 2011

The East Escambia Chapter of the American Red Cross will begin accepting applications on Tuesday, Jan. 18, for Project SHARE, the energy assistance program for low-income elderly or disabled individuals.

Residents of East Escambia County can set up an appointment by calling the Project SHARE office at 251-867-3426.

As the organization responsible for administering Project SHARE funds, a Red Cross representative will interview applicants seeking financial assistance in paying their energy bill. For those who qualify, payments will be made directly to the energy supplier.

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To qualify for assistance, the family income must be within certain guidelines depending on the size of the household. In addition, the head of the household must meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

— 62 years of age or older;

— Receiving a disability check.

Project SHARE (Service to Help Alabamians with Relief on Energy) was introduced 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.

Project SHARE is funded through the voluntary pledges made by customers of participating energy suppliers. Assistance is geared toward the need of the client rather than entitlement. Please help those in need this winter by donating to Project SHARE through your energy provider.