Energy Assistance Gets Stimulus Boost

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

A local program that helps people who can't pay their power bills is serving more people than ever.

The Home Energy Assistance Program received $2.9 million in 2008. This year it received $3.2 million in stimulus money.

Letha Dunn, the program director of community service at Multi-County Community Service Agency said this additional funding was greatly needed in a down economy.

"Because of the economy we've had double the requests for assistance," said Dunn. "A lot of people are laying people off and those people are coming in. We are seeing people we've never seen before coming in and seeking assistance. So it was good that we got this amount of funding."

This program is specifically designed to help low-income Mississippians pay their gas and electric bills.

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  • by Mark on Oct 19, 2009 at 11:05 AM
    I did visit and yes they do good for some people. The state cannot fund anything. We the tax payers do the funding as I have said before the government whether it be local, state or federal do not have any money of their own. It is OUR money. I guess maybe WTOK should not show cash being counted on air when there is none being handed out. As far as not being in need. I have been in need a lot of times. That is the times that I WORKED three jobs to feed my family.
  • by belinda Location: meridian on Oct 16, 2009 at 11:48 AM
    Mccsa is a pillar in this community, people are helped in many ways, the public is not even aware of. People who are not in need do not understand the effect mccsa have on people lives. this is a agency funded by the state and no state's agency give cash. Mark why don't you visited mccsa to see what they are about.
  • by Mr... Location: Meridian on Oct 15, 2009 at 08:24 PM
    Well Mark, its obvious that you should listen more carefully and not believe everything that your eyes see. MCCSA are doing great services for the community. Keep up the good work!!
  • by Mark on Oct 15, 2009 at 11:28 AM
    I was just going by what I saw on the newscast. They were counting a large sum of money on camera. I just took for granted by them counting twenty dollar bills on camera they handed out cash.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 15, 2009 at 08:52 AM
    I do not believe MCCSA hands out cash. If they did, the money would be gone about 5 minutes after word got out. It's my understanding that they have a system of verifying the bills and pay directly to the utility company. Otherwise, this program would never help the needy.
  • by Mark on Oct 15, 2009 at 07:41 AM
    I watched this last night on WTOK. I think it is great to help people that cannot pay their electric bill due to age or disability. But, I have a problem. I saw and correct me if I am wrong they are going to hand out CASH. I think that is wrong. I am sure most will pay their electric or gas bill. But, some will not. Some will abuse this system. THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY.
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