A federally funded program in South Florida has helped thousands of low income adults by providing electricity in their homes. Meals on Wheels is one of the dozens of agencies that has stepped in to help support eligible adults who are unable to pay their bills.
“I have some clients who just cannot pay their electric bill at all,” said Vickie Glinton, Director of Community Programs at Meals on Wheels South Florida.
The Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program, provides South Floridians 60 years and older, with a low income, the funding they need to pay for their electricity and costly repairs to AC systems.
Vickie says thousands of clients have been helped by this program.
“They call us and they let us know how many people are living in the home. We look at the matrix. One person can’t make over 19,000 a year. That’s not a lot of money when you’re talking about yearly income,” said Vickie.
With additional funding through the CARES Act, the EHEAP can cover up to $3500 in FP&L charges and AC repairs.
“I was in the hospital for quite a few times. My social security check and other problems I had, that’s how I was able to get the help,” said Nancy Arvin, client.
Nancy was in the hospital for multiple surgeries. Being unable to keep up with her bills, that’s when she reached out to Meals on Wheels for help.
“I’ll never forget when I met Vickie for the first time when she came to my house. I had no water. She went to Publix and she bought me a case of water, chicken, and canned food,” said Nancy.
“This is not a job. It’s our passion. When you’re dealing with these clients and you’re seeing the needs in their home and when they see you and they know you and their face light up when they see you, it’s awesome. You will go the extra mile to make sure their needs are met.
Vickie says there is no cap on how many times a household can apply for assistance per year. If you or someone you know is in need, you can find the eligibility requirements and how to apply for EHEAP benefits, here or call 954-731-8770.