More Utility Assistance Arrives Thanks to Buncombe County Health and Human Services

This past week the tireless staff and volunteers of Eblen Charities received some wonderful and welcome news. After such a long and cold winter in which Eblen severed a record number of families for heating, utility, and housing assistance among a great many of other programs Eblen was notified that an additional funds have been reallocated from other counties to Buncombe County and given to Eblen to continue to reach out to the families we serve through the Crisis Intervention Program (CIP).

“We cannot begin to thank Phillip Hardin, Stoney Blevins, Tracie Franklin, and everyone at Buncombe County Health and Human Services for their tremendous partnership and the countless lives they touch not only through the harsh winter but everyday in our community.,” states Bill Murdock, executive director of Eblen Charities. “This extra effort on their part to find additional funds to help our families is without measure. The cold temperatures are gone for now, but the high electric bills form this past winter are still arriving. These extra funds will go along way in helping those we serve breathe a bit easier.”

The Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) is a federally funded program that provides assistance to individuals and families who are experiencing a heating or cooling related crisis. The goal of CIP is to help families stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. By doing so, this reduces the risk of health and safety problems such as illness, fire or eviction.

Eligibility includes:

Be a Buncombe County resident

Have at least one U.S. Citizen or a noncitizen who meets certain eligibility criteria

Be at 150% of poverty level

Must verify a crisis that has put them in difficulty of paying their bill

Have final notice for electric and gas

For more information, please contact Brenda Wheeler at 828-255-3066 or or via email at [email protected]

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