Project SHARE application process to begin soon

Published 4:34 pm Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Linden office of the America Red Cross will begin accepting Project SHARE applications Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Project SHARE is an energy assistance program for low-income elderly or disabled individuals. Residents of Marengo County can set up an appointment by calling the office at (334) 295-0505. Funding is limited and will be disbursed on a first call, first served basis.

As the organization responsible for administering the Project SHARE funds, a Red Cross representative will interview applicants seeking financial assistance in paying their energy bill. For those who qualify, payments will be made directly to the energy supplier.

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To qualify for assistance, the family income must be within certain guidelines, depending on the size of the household.

In addition, the head of the household must either be 62 years of age or older, or must be receiving a disability check.

Project SHARE (Service to Help Alabamians with Relief on Energy) was introduced in 1982 through an agreement with the Alabama Power Company and the American Red Cross.

Since 1984, Alabama Gas Corporation and 24 other electric cooperatives and municipalities have joined and now participate in the program. The program is funded through voluntary pledges made by customers of participating energy suppliers.

For any questions or concerns, contact Jakki C. Phillips at (334) 874-4642.