POSTED ON BEHALF OF MISSOURI GAS ENERGY
Winter Heating Assistance Programs Available for MGE Customers
Federal funding available November 1, local funding available year-round
KANSAS CITY (October 31, 2013) – The winter heating season starts this Friday. At this time of the year, Missouri Gas Energy (MGE) customers may be eligible for heating assistance funds or cold weather rule payment plans.
The Cold Weather Rule formally takes effect November 1 in Missouri. This program provides lenient budget payment plans for customers who have fallen behind on their accounts. The plan enables eligible active customers to keep gas service and those who are in need of restoring gas service by making an initial payment and then begin a balanced monthly payment plan. MGE also offers assistance throughout the year for elderly, disabled and low-income customers. For more information or to see if you qualify for MGE's budget payment plan, call 816-756-5252 or 800-582-1234. And, for more information or to see if you qualify for elderly, disabled and low-income assistance, call the United Way at 2-1-1 from any land line phone or from a mobile phone call 816-474-5112 or 800-427-4626 outside of the Kansas City area.
Beginning November 1, MGE customers will be eligible to apply for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding. This federal program helps families pay heating bills during the coldest months in Missouri. For more information on the program guidelines or to see if you qualify, call United Way 2-1-1 for a referral to your local community action agency.
“We encourage our customers to apply for funds early this year as federal funding of LIHEAP has been decreasing in recent years while the need only increases,” said Steve Lindsey, president of Laclede Gas Company, which now owns MGE. “These programs help our most vulnerable neighbors – those who are elderly, disabled and families with young children.”
MGE’s Neighbors Helping Neighbors program provides utility assistance year-round as long as funds are available. This program has provided much needed relief to local families for 20 years. MGE customers lend a hand by adding a fixed amount to their MGE bill to help those in need. Last year, more than 1,000 families kept the heat on thanks to Neighbors Helping Neighbors funds including matching funds from MGE. To donate, MGE customers can visit www.MissouriGasEnergy.com to sign up today.
ABOUT MISSOURI GAS ENERGY
Missouri Gas Energy has provided natural gas service to the residents of the Kansas City metropolitan area and western Missouri for nearly 150 years. Now owned by Laclede Gas Company, a subsidiary of The Laclede Group, Inc. (NYSE:LG), we are part of the largest gas distribution company in Missouri, delivering natural gas to more than 1.1 million customers. Missouri Gas Energy serves residential, commercial and industrial customers in 30 counties. For more information, please visit www.MissouriGasEnergy.com.