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Elderly residents can get help with paying energy bills through EHEAP

The Senior Resource Alliance says that Central Florida seniors who have trouble paying their monthly energy bills may be able to get help from the government.

The Emergency Home Assistance for the Elderly Program, often known as EHEAP, is a program that is financed by the federal government and is designed to assist qualifying seniors age 60 and older with paying their emergency energy costs.

The program offers eligible seniors in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, and Brevard counties the opportunity to receive up to $5,000. This money can be put toward the payment of past-due utility bills, the purchase of items such as portable fans and window air conditioners, or the repair of already-existing heating and cooling units.

“The summer months provide a particular challenge to seniors because hotter temperatures mean higher than usual energy bills,” Karla Radka, president and CEO of SRA, said. “With the additional burden of inflation, it is more important than ever that seniors know there is help available if they need it.”

Seniors who are eligible have until September 30 to submit their applications.

For more information on whether you may qualify or to apply, visit the Senior Resource Alliance’s website here.

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