Local Families Applying for Help will need additional documentation beginning October 1
Feds monitoring “energy burden” of low income families in comparison to
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Housing Development Agency
(THDA) announced that all state agencies providing energy assistance to low
income families must now require additional documentation from low income
families needing assistance with energy payments beginning Thursday.
In addition to the previously required documentation, families
are also now required to provide a 12 month billing statement from their energy
“This new documentation may take customers additional time to
obtain, so we are urging residents to get the billing statements now so they
will be ready to apply for help,” said Marvin D. Cox, Community Programs
Director of the Metropolitan Action Commission.
Metro Action administers the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in Nashville and Davidson County. LIHEAP is a one-time energy federal assistance
program that helps families with low incomes meet their household energy costs.
The billing history allows the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Service (DHHS), which funds LIHEAP nationally, to determine the “energy
burden” of low income families in comparison to their household income.
THDA, which receives
energy funding from DHHS for the state of Tennessee, met with energy companies
across the state regarding additional documentation and they are prepared to
provide billing history statements to customers.
Families should contact their energy company such as the
Nashville Electric Service and Piedmont Gas, to request their 12 month billing
history. Online options are also
available by some companies.
Applications will be
available on the Metro Action website (Nashville.gov/mac) and at the main
office beginning October 1. Metro Action
receives energy funding for income eligible Davidson County residents from THDA
as a pass-through grant from DHHS.
Customer service hours are 8am
until 3pm Monday through Thursday. Customers may also mail or bring in completed applications daily. The
agency is located in the Clifford Allen Building, located at 800 2nd
Avenue North (37201). Parking is
available on site.