Though warmer days are thankfully upon us in McKinney, CBS News meteorologist Larry Mowry reported recently that the Metroplex has had 44 freezes so far this winter – a 30 percent increase over the normal amount for the whole season. People are struggling to keep up with staggering electric bills. More than ever, folks are turning to Community Lifeline Center for assistance. Some emergency assistance agencies are reporting a 100% increase in requests. While CLC hasn’t quite reached that monumental level, we are seeing more and more need for aid.
“On top of the sustained cold and recurring freezes, the last 2 months have had 31 days, adding to the billing cycle” said Christine Hockin-Boyd, CLC Executive Director. “Those extra days add to the burden when a family is already struggling, and paychecks don’t always coincide with the longer billing periods.”
“Additionally, when kids are home from school, or parents can’t get to work due to inclement weather, the budget shortfall becomes even greater.”
Good news: help is on the way.
CLC utility partners CoServ and TXU Energy are prepared to assist families with their bills. Residents from Altoga, Anna, Blue Ridge, Celina, Copeville, Farmersville, Josephine, Lavon, Lowery Crossing, McKinney, Melissa, Nevada, New Hope, Princeton, Prosper, Westminster, and Weston may apply for aid.
Wednesday Feb 19., is for TXU Energy customers. Wednesday, Feb. 26, is for CoServ customers. Low or fixed income residents may qualify for assistance. Families experiencing a short-term crisis (unemployment, medical, or other family crisis) may also qualify.
Hours and eligibility may differ, so please call 972-542-0020 for more information.
If you would like to help your neighbors in need, your generous gifts will assist CLC with costs for extra staff, office supplies and other related expenses necessary to service those struggling to heat their homes. Visit www.communitylifeline.org to donate now.