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Birmingham City Councilor Sheila Tyson Working with Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity to Provide Energy Assistance to Residents

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                       Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – As the temperatures continue to fluctuate and people are having to go from turning on their heat to turning up their air, a local organization wants to make sure residents in Jefferson County are comfortable in their homes. Today residents, who need assistance paying their energy bills, can visit West End Library to meet with officials from the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity to apply for energy assistance. Officials will be on site from 10 a.m. until 5 this evening. Dorothy Crosby, Energy Services Program Coordinator with JCCEO, said the organization has been helping people for more than 40 years, and their hoping that this year they will be able to help even more than they have helped in the past.

“The Low Income Home Energy Assistance and Alabama Charitable Trust Programs provide heating and cooling assistance to so many families each year,” Ms. Crosby said.  “All that we require is that documentation is provided that shows at least one household member has a documented health problem and requires a controlled environment.”

Other documentation that is needed includes:

  • Picture Identification
  • Social Security Card
  • Current Gas or Electric Bill (Primary Heat Bill)
  • Proof of Income (Social Security, SSI, etc.)
  • Verification of Residence (Lease, Deed, or Tax Card)
  • Completed Pre-Application Form for LIHEAP assistance
  • If there is a person in your household that does not have an income, FORM 125 Notarized Statement of NO Income has to be completed

All of these documents can be found at the JCCEO website. For more information visit http://www.jcceo.org/jcceo_energy_services_information. Councilor Sheila Tyson said that she is so grateful to be able to partner with an organization that is providing much needed services for so many citizens.

“Hats off to JCCEO for their continued support of our community,” Councilor Tyson said. “Each year they continuously look at ways that they can support our constituents and I’m so glad that I can partner with an organization who is really making a difference in the lives of so many.”

The organization helped around 7,000 people last year and they are expecting to see nearly 10,000 applications for energy assistance this year.

For media inquiries please contact the Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at 205.254.2036 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.