(BOWLING GREEN)-- Summer energy assistance is going fast in Northeast Missouri. North East Community Action Corporation officials say that in just one week, they distributed almost 25 percent of summer funding under the Energy Crisis Intervention Program.    That money is supposed to last until September 30th. NECAC has been swamped with requests for help due to the lagging economy and a rise in utility rates.    Compounding the problem is the fact that the agency has about 25 thousand fewer dollars for the federally-funded program in 2012 as compared with last year, when more than 65 hundred people in 21 hundred households received assistance.

To get help, you must be an electricity customer, meet income guidelines and have received a utility shut-off notice. The program will pay up to 300 dollars per household.
To see if you qualify, call your county’s NECAC service center.