A program is available for Alabama families. Project SHARE (Service to Help Alabamians with Relief on Energy), is a local energy assistance program that can help low to moderate income elderly or disabled individuals pay their utility bills.
The American Red Cross runs the program. As the non profit organization that is responsible for administering Project SHARE funds to people who are in need of help, a Red Cross representatives will interview applicants who are seeking financial assistance or grants in paying their energy bill. For those who qualify for aid, payments for their energy bills will be made directly to the energy supplier and not to the applicant.
In order to qualify for this assistance, a family’s total household income must be within certain income guidelines depending on the size of the household. In addition, the head of the household must meet one of the following criteria in order to qualify. They need to be receiving a disability check or must be 62 years of age or older.
The program has been in place for almost 30 years. Project SHARE was introduced in 1982 through an agreement between the American Red Cross and Alabama Power Company. It has expanded over the years. Back in 1984 Alabama Gas Corporation and 24 other electric cooperatives and municipalities have joined and now participate in the program.
While funding is limited, it does work. Project SHARE is funded through the voluntary pledges made by the actual customers of participating energy suppliers, and other organizations may match the funds donated. Assistance is geared toward the need of the client rather than serving as an entitlement program.
Contact Project SHARE at 295-0805 or your local Red Cross office.