A local agency has additional money to help people with summer utility costs.

The North East Community Action Corporation is getting 191 thousand dollars for the Energy Crisis Intervention Program in 12 counties.

The additional federal money comes after NECAC distributed more than 380 thousand dollars from the original allocation in just six weeks.

The program pays overdue electricity bills of up to 300 dollars for income-qualifying households that have received a utility shut-off notice.

NECAC is encouraging people to apply because it doesn’t expect the additional dollars to last through the program’s scheduled end on September 30th.

To find out more, call your local NECAC office or visit www.necac.org.