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Agency Energy Program Keep Homes Safe by Helping with Cost of Utility Payments

July 3, 2017
Lisa McCrady, 615-566-4710 cell, 615-862-8860, Ext 70144 office

Unexpected increase in utility cost can impact a family’s ability to pay monthly bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today staff at the main office of the Metropolitan Action Commission began receiving customers for the new application period for energy assistance.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides one-time assistance to income eligible families to help pay electricity, natural gas or other home energy payments. The application period goes from July 1, 2017 until June 30, 2018.

The program aims to assist low income households, primarily those who pay a high proportion of household income on home energy, in meeting their immediate energy needs. “Many families that are eligible for our program work every day, but there are times when household bills are more challenging due to other factors especially if something unexpected happens such as a higher than usual utility bill due to higher temperatures.” said Marvin D. Cox, director of Metro Action’s Community Services Division.

“The goal of our energy program is to help as many people as we can to keep their utilities on and homes at safe temperatures,” said Cox

The Metropolitan Action Commission receives LIHEAP funding for Davidson County from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency through a federal pass-through grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The 2017-18 application for energy assistance is available on the agency’s webpage (www.nashville.gov/mac). Customers may print the application, attach the supporting documentation and mail it in or submit it in person. Customers may also call and request the application by mail or e-mail.

In addition to the proof of income, the most current bill and verification of household members, applicants must obtain the yearly billing history from their energy supplier.

Customers who need assistance with completing the application may visit Metro Action during customer care hours, which are Monday through Thursday from 8am until 3pm. Metro Action will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday, but will re-open on Wednesday at 8am.

The agency is located in the Clifford Allen Building, located at 800 2nd Avenue North (37201). Parking is available on site.