Eugene (KMTR) - A Lane County nonprofit is reaching out to low-income residents who are struggling to pay their electricity bills. But, those people need to act fast before money runs out at the end of the year.
A $200 Eugene Water and Electric Board energy credit is available to hundreds of income-qualifying families.
The word is spreading; St. Vincent DePaul, which administers the program, received close to 100 calls since from Last Friday through Tuesday. Those callers were looking for information about the EWEB Customer Care program.
Jennifer McKeen got the $200 credit in August. She says applying for it was easy and it helped her a lot.
“It's not going to pay your bill,” McKeen says, “but it definitely gives you some breathing room. It gives you a little bit of space so you can figure some stuff out.”
Marianne Schlies of St. Vincent DePaul adds, “It's a credit. (If) they don't have to have that much owing, they can use that credit over the next few cold months.”Those who are interested can St. Vincent DePaul a call or stop by the Lindholm Service Center on Highway 99 in Eugene. The only documents needed are a current EWEB bill, a Social Security card and evidence of income for the past month.