Click below to listen to Ashley Johnson of KMZU, speak with Kim Brashear of the Green Hills Community Action Agency.
Sometimes those cold winter months are very hard to get through and people feel a massive crunch on their wallets between the holiday season and utility bills rising. Fortunately there is help, the Low-Income Housing Energy Assistance Program is set up just for those hard times. “We are helping those that are elderly,” said Brashear, “The state of Missouri recognizes elderly as anyone 60 or older, and all the folks that are disabled. We are helping with their heating needs and that can be anything from propane, natural gas, electric, wood, kerosene, or fuel oil. Our program started October 1st and is running through March 31, 2015. You don’t have to have a shut off notice for us to help you, but if you do have a shut-off notice or if your propane tank is at 20% or less, we will work on those first. Then on November 1st we will help everyone else that is not elderly or disabled.”
Getting the process started is easy. “All folks have to do is contact us,” Brashear said, “Our phone number is 660-359-3907 and we can mail them an application. Or they can go to our website, which is www.ghcaa.org, and print off an application off our website.”