The energy sponsors of the Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund and its administrator, United Way of Rhode Island, are encouraging those households in need of energy assistance this winter to visit their local Community Action Program (CAP) agency to determine if they qualify for the Fund.  For those in need who are unsure of the CAP agency in their area, please call the United Way 2-1-1 information line.

The Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund is a safety net for households in temporary crisis who are having trouble paying their energy bills.  The State’s local CAP agencies determine household eligibility for the Fund based on total household income not exceeding 300 percent of the federal poverty level.  For example, a household of two is eligible for the Fund if its annual income does not exceed $48,060 while a household of four cannot exceed $72,900.
“Help is available for families and individuals who are struggling to pay their heating bills.  We encourage anyone to dial 2-1-1, United Way’s 24-hour call center, if they are looking for general information about the Good Neighbor Energy Fund or need help identifying their local CAP agency to determine eligibility,” said Anthony Maione, President and CEO, United Way of Rhode Island.  “We are here to help people, and the Fund is a great community resource for families and individuals.”

Source: Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund

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