SHARE/PSC Partnership Continues in 2014

Project SHARE is “Doing The Most Good” in 2014 serving Georgia’s natural gas customers, continuing a special program begun in 2011. The SHARE/PSC Natural Gas program is the result of an agreement made with the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC), who provided the funding through a generous $1 million grant.

Since the program began, over 3200 payments have been made on behalf of Georgia’s low-income population. These payments, totaling more than $550,000 to date, allowed these families to catch up on their natural gas bills and in many cases prevented loss of service.

The work continues uninterrupted in 2014. The application process remains the same except that the new 2014 HHS Federal Poverty Guidelines are now providing the benchmark for the “low-income” designation. In short, to apply for assistance through the SHARE/PSC program: 2014HHS

* Client must apply through the local SHARE case-management office
* Client must meet the standard SHARE eligibility guidelines
* Client must be seeking help with their AGLC Pipeline Marketer account
* Client must qualify as “low-income”, as defined by this chart
* Client is limited to a maximum of $300 in assistance per household

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The SHARE/PSC program is expected to provide assistance to low-income Georgians through the end of 2014, but will be extended if funds remain available. Official notice will be published here prior to closing the program.

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Special Program Serves Natural Gas Customers in 2012

Project SHARE is “Doing The Most Good” in 2012 serving Georgia’s natural gas customers, continuing a special program begun in 2011. The SHARE/PSC Natural Gas program is the result of an agreement made with the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC), who provided the funding through a generous $1 million grant early last year.

Since the program began in March of 2011, over 1300 payments have been made on behalf ofGeorgia’s low-income population. These payments, totaling more than $233,000 to date, allowed these families to catch up on their natural gas bills and in many cases prevented loss of service.

The work continues uninterrupted in 2012. The application process remains the same except that the new 2012 HHS Federal Poverty Guidelines are now providing the benchmark for the “low-income” designation (the 2011 Guidelines were used previously). In short, to apply for assistance through the SHARE/PSC program:

* Client must apply through the local SHARE case-management office
* Client must meet the standard SHARE eligibility guidelines
* Client must be seeking help with their AGLC Pipeline Marketer account
* Client must qualify as “low-income”, as defined by this chart
* Client is limited to a maximum of $300 in assistance per household

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The SHARE/PSC program is expected to provide assistance to low-income Georgians through the end of 2012, but will be extended into 2013 if funds remain available. Official notice will be published here prior to closing the program.

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SHARE/PSC Natural Gas Assistance Program Begins

The Salvation Army’s Project SHARE has begun accepting applications for a special natural gas assistance program for needy Georgians. As previously announced, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) provided a generous grant of $1 million to assist low-income natural gas consumers served by gas providers (marketers) on the Atlanta Gas Light Company (AGLC) pipeline system. This includes most major natural gas companies in Georgia.

Clients who seek assistance must apply through their local SHARE case-management office. In addition to the standard SHARE eligibility and restrictions, the following eligibility qualifications will be required:

Client must be requesting assistance with the account they hold with one of the eleven AGLC Pipeline Marketers:

Constellation Natural Gas Infinite Energy
Commerce Energy MXenergy
Coweta-Fayette Natural Gas Scana Energy
Fireside Natural Gas Stream Energy
Gas South Walton EMC Natural Gas
Georgia Natural Gas  

Eligible clients must qualify as “low-income.”

For the purposes of this special program only, low income will be defined as at or below 200% of the 2011 HHS Federal Poverty Guidelines for household income, as shown in this chart:

Assistance is limited to $300.00 per qualified client household.

This amount may not be sufficient to reconnect or properly maintain gas service, and the client may also present other needs that require attention to stabilize the household. Therefore, SHARE/PSC assistance does not disqualify a worthy client for other sources of aid, including standard SHARE assistance and outside programs such as LIHEAP.

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The SHARE/PSC program is expected to provide assistance to low-income Georgians through the end of 2011, but will be extended into the following year if funds are still available. Georgia Divisional Commander Jim Arrowood said, “The Salvation Army is grateful for this recognition of Project SHARE by the PSC, and thankful for the opportunity to serve more Georgians in crisis at this critical time.”

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SHARE to Distribute $1M from PSC

The Salvation Army’s Project SHARE program has been selected by the Georgia Public Service Commission to receive $1 million to provide relief for needy natural gas customers across the state. This generous allocation is part of a total $5 million order of the PSC, with $4 million slated for distribution through Atlanta Gas Light Company as direct bill credits for qualified low-income senior citizens.

Details related to Project SHARE’s distribution have not been announced, but the 25 year-old program’s state-wide network of casework intake locations will serve clients by appointment once the funds become available. Restrictions and eligibility requirements will be published prior to an expected start date of no later than mid-February. Updates and changes will appear on this page.

Georgia Divisional Commander Jim Arrowood said, “The Salvation Army is grateful for this recognition of Project SHARE by the PSC, and thankful for the opportunity to serve more Georgians in crisis at this critical time.”

From the PSC Press Release:

Commission Approves $5 Million to Provide Assistance to Low-Income Senior Citizen Natural Gas Customers

ATLANTA, January 18, 2011 –The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) today unanimously approved a $5 million grant to provide relief for low-income senior citizens who are natural gas customers in the Atlanta Gas Light Company (AGLC) distribution area. The Commission directed that the money be allocated from the natural gas Universal Service Fund (USF). Atlanta Gas Light Company and the natural gas marketers will receive $4 million to be used as a line item credit, “Georgia PSC Credit”, on qualified senior citizens bills. The remaining $1 million will be distributed to the Salvation Army to provide additional relief.

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