This year's cold winter has left many people dealing with higher than normal heating bills. That's causing some people to look for help in paying those bills.
Project Share, which is made of donations collected through Alabama Power, is administered by the Red Cross. The requirements to qualify for Project Share include being 62 years of age or older or having a head of household who is considered 100% disabled. In Tuscaloosa, the West Alabama Chapter of the Red Cross sets up appointments for Project Share assistance on Mondays and sees those appointments on Wednesdays.
Right now, the Red Cross says it is taking about 20 calls each day from people needing utility bill help.
"I think during that last cold snap, it kind of triggered it," West Alabama Red Cross Chapter Executive Beakie Powell said. "And now we're into the January bill cycle, so we're beginning to see people, that their power bill is in jeopardy."
Powell says the Red Cross refers people who do not meet Project Share requirements to the United Way, for a referral to other utility bill assistance programs. The West Alabama Red Cross has a dedicated phone line for Project Share information: (205) 758-2474.
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