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Hagerstown residents can apply for Utility Relief Benefit Concert funds

February 20, 2008

People who are interested in obtaining an application and program guidelines for receiving Utility Relief Benefit Concert funds may call the Community Action Council at 301-797-4161, or stop by the CAC offices at 101 Summit Ave.

To be eligible, participants must be residents of the City of Hagerstown who exceed the income guidelines of the State of Maryland Energy Assistance Programs and who have a need, such as an unexpected medical bill or car repair that can be documented, which has created a burden and made it difficult to pay utility bills.

The program will provide $200 which will be paid to the vendor, such as City Light, Columbia Gas, or any of the propane or fuel-oil suppliers in the community, who provides the individual heating energy.

In December, the City of Hagerstown held a Utility Relief Benefit Concert that featured local and nationally-known performers.

David Jordan, CAC executive director, said the concert raised more than $20,000 to help Hagerstown residents pay their utility bills.

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