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Low income customers get WG&L HOPE

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -One Utility is giving a little extra HOPE to folks who need help paying their bills.  

HOPE, or Helping Others Pay for Energy, is a program started by Water, Gas and Light back in 1993. It helps people through emergencies. With more people losing their jobs, more people are asking for help.

Now the Water, Gas and Light Commission is adding some padding to that program, providing five-thousand dollars a month to help those struggling to pay their bills.  

"That's the humane thing to do," said Dr. Willie AdamsWater, Gas & Light Chairman. "We have more than a few people out there, a lot of people on fixed incomes, elderly who cannot absorb this 10% increase in their utilities as you and me. The benevolent thing to do is to set aside some money within the budget."

Churches also contribute to the HOPE fund. It is a one time benefit for customers in need.

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