The not-for-profit North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) has been awarded an additional $191,065 in summer energy assistance funding.

The not-for-profit North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) has been awarded an additional $191,065 in summer energy assistance funding.

The agency exhausted its $382,130 allocation of Energy Crisis Intervention (ECIP) funding on Tuesday, July 17, more than two months before the program ends Sunday, Sept. 30. The additional funding was awarded by the Missouri Department of Social Services.

ECIP pays overdue electricity bills of up to $300 for income-qualifying households that have received a utility shut-off notice. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is distributed through the Department of Social Services, which then contracts with NECAC to administer the program in Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike, Ralls, Randolph, St. Charles, Shelby and Warren counties.

“We encourage people who qualify to sign up as soon as they can because this additional money will probably not last through Sept. 30,” said NECAC Supervisor Angela Kattenbraker. “In addition, if a client has already reached their $300 limit, they are not eligible for any additional ECIP funds.”

In 2017, assistance was provided to 2,033 households in 12 counties, up from 1,443 in summer 2016. So far this year, the number of households receiving assistance is about 1,600. People may sign up or request more information by calling or visiting area NECAC County Service Centers:

Marion County Service Coordinator Gwen Koch: 3518 Palmyra Road in Hannibal — 573-221-7166.

Monroe County Service Coordinator Jerry Best: 314 N. Washington in Paris — 660-327-4110.

Pike County Service Coordinator Chandra Roberts: 805 Bus. Hwy. 61 North in Bowling Green — 573-324-2207.

Ralls County Service Coordinator LeAndra Bridgeman: 411 Main in New London — 573-985-2411.