Posted: Jan 4, 2012 3:08 PM
Updated: Jan 4, 2012 3:08 PM
Source: Associated Press
BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish has more than $1 million to allocate to residents who need help paying their utility bills.
The city-parish received the money from a federal grant through the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency.
Officials say the parish will allocate $108,126 for people who already have had utilities disconnected or have received disconnect notices.
The rest will help residents who are late paying or expect to be unable to pay because of a job loss.
Eligible households could receive up to $400 based on the bill amount, income and the number of people in the household.
People 60 and older, disabled or with children 5 years or younger can get an extra $100 benefit.
Applicants must apply through the city-parish's Office of Social Services.