NECAC has less than $49,000 left for the summer utility assistance program. NECAC began the season June 1 with about $170,000 of extra funding due to the mild winter.

The Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) pays overdue electricity bills of up to 300 dollars for income-qualifying households. Participants must have received a utility shut-off notice.

NECAC administers the program in Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike, Ralls, Randolph, St. Charles, Shelby and Warren counties. The program helped 270 more families last summer than in 2015.

Northeast Missouri residents who want to know more can call their NECAC County Service Center.

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