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$20,000 still available to help Hagerstown residents pay utility bills

February 25, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - More than $20,000 is available through the Washington County Community Action Council to help Hagerstown residents pay their utility bills.

Debbie Wasilius, director of finance for the CAC, said $20,998 was raised Dec. 20 during a city-sponsored Utility Relief Benefit Concert at The Maryland Theatre. Since then, only a few people have filed for assistance, she said.

Help is available to city residents who are income-eligible or cannot afford to pay their utility bills because of an unexpected expense, such as a vehicle repair, said Karen Giffin, city community affairs director.

The program offers as much as $200 of assistance per household, Giffin said. The money will not be issued to the applicant, but to the utility company.

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The Utility Relief Benefit Concert was spearheaded by Councilwomen Penny M. Nigh and Alesia Parson-McBean. Featured performers included the Williamsport High School SophistiCats and opera singer William Clarence Marshall III.

Members of Hagerstown Professional Firefighters Local 1605 donated $5,000 to the cause, and organizers charged $10 per ticket and accepted nonperishable food items for local food banks.

People who want to apply for assistance may call the CAC at 301-797-4161 or stop by the CAC office at 101 Summit Ave. in Hagerstown.




Utility assistance guidelines



Applicants cannot earn more than the following incomes to receive assistance:

Household size Monthly income Yearly income

1 $1,914.37 $22,972.50

2 $2,566.87 $30,802.50

3 $3,219.37 $38,632.50

4 $3,871.87 $46,462.50

5 $4,524.37 $54,292.50

6 $5,176.87 $62,122.50

7 $5,829.37 $69,952.50

8 $6,481.87 $77,782.50

ยท For each additional person, add $652.50 per month and $7,830 per year.

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