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.