The not-for-profit North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) is urging eligible people to sign up for a summer energy assistance program.

The summer Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) is a federally-funded effort that pays overdue electricity bills up to $300 for income-qualifying households.

NECAC began the summer season June 1 with $373,644 in summer ECIP dollars available — a little more than the $318,294 the agency had last summer, when assistance was provided to 1,403 households in 12 counties. The average ECIP payment was $226.

Through June 26, about half the money has been allocated. The program does not end until Sept. 30 or when money runs out.

Participants must have received a utility shut-off notice. If they received assistance from the winter portion of the program through NECAC, all that will be needed is the shut-off notice. Those who are new to the program, and those who did not participate in the winter portion, must fill out additional paperwork.

Applications are available at NECAC Service Centers in 12 Northeast Missouri counties.

People may sign up or request more information by calling or visiting the following NECAC County Service Centers:

Lewis County Service Coordinator Judy Eaton: 408 S. Fourth in Canton -- 573-288-3969. Marion County Service Coordinator Gwen Koch: 3518 Palmyra Road in Hannibal -- 573-221-7166. Monroe County Service Coordinator LeAndra Bridgeman: 314 N. Washington in Paris -- 660-327-4110. Pike County Service Coordinator Neil Darnell: 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. Shelby County Service Coordinator Lisa Blickhan: 204 E. Third in Shelbyville -- 573-633-2210.