Red Cross has help for energy bills

Published 11:09 am Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Seniors and the disabled can get help with energy bills through a program administered by the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross Alabama Gulf Coast Chapter will begin administering Project SHARE (Service to Help Alabamians with Relief on Energy), the energy assistance program for low-income elderly or disabled individuals, for Escambia County residents on Monday, July 15.

Residents in Escambia County can set up an appointment by calling the Project SHARE office at the following numbers:

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— (251) 368-3643 for Atmore area residents.

— (251) 867-3426 for Brewton area residents.

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.

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:

— Sixty-two years of age or older

— Receiving a disability check.

Also, each client must have a current statement (2013) from their physician stating the medical need for continuance of electricity and what medical problems will occur if there is an interruption of service.

Project SHARE 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 by donating to Project SHARE through your energy provider.

For more information regarding other programs offered by the American Red Cross please contact your local Red Cross or visit