Energy assistance program helps people with their power bill

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Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

Helping out with families' heating bills

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Next month many people across the area could see their electric bill sky rocket.

An energy assistance program at Carrie Mays Community Center has people lining up in the early morning hours to get financial help.

It's day three for Drucilla Paige who's at the Carrie Mays Community Center looking for help.

"Standing in line waiting, waiting, and hoping you get in," Paige said.

She's one of hundreds who showed up hoping for help paying their power bill. The energy assistance program provides a one time payment of $310 to $350 depending on your income.

"I burn a lot of electricity trying to keep warm. So it helps out with the bills with the next couple of months. Two or three months," Denise Smith said.

People showed up at 5 a.m. to wait in line to fill out paperwork and get assistance.

"I was the third one here, this year I got here a quarter to 7 and I was the 101st person to be here," said Smith.

Smith and others wait to hear their name, but they say it's well worth the wait.

"It's wonderful because there's so many people that need it but then you have so many people that are prideful and afraid to come out and get it but if you need it come out and get it," Smith said.

This program runs through Jan. 16. Doors open at 7:30 and get there early because there's only enough funding to assist 200 people a day.

If you qualify, you should get the money in 30 to 45 days.

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