Need for energy assistance is up this year

Not that this is much of a surprise, but the number of clients SCCAP has seen in its winter Energy Assistance Program that started on Oct. 5 is up significantly from the same time last year.

SCCAP has provided energy assistance benefits to 1,485 households in Brown, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties since Oct. 5. That’s an increase of 16 percent, or 205 households, over the 1,280 households SCCAP had served at the same point last year.

The fastest rate of change has come in Morgan County, which has served 383 households in the energy assistance program so far, compared to 211 at the same point last year. That’s an increase of 82 percent.

SCCAP has provided $736,393.20 in benefits through the Energy Assistance Program, as of yesterday, out of a total of $3.68 million it has available for this winter’s program. The program will continue through March 15.

For those who’d like more information about the Energy Assistance Program or to schedule an appointment to apply for assistance, here is the contact information: 

Monroe County – 339-3447, Morgan County – 342-1518, Owen County – 829-2279, Brown County – 988-6636.

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