(STATEHOUSE) March 17, 2009 - Low-income Hoosier families struggling with energy costs gained support from Rep. Ralph M. Foley (R-Martinsville) and the House of Representatives today. Rep. Foley and his colleagues unanimously passed House Resolution 41, urging electric and gas utility companies to extend the freeze on utility service disconnections for low-income residents until May 1.
Electric and gas utility companies currently may not cut off electric or gas in homes from Dec. 1 through March 15. Extending the period until May 1 leaves time for the federal government to distribute stimulus money to low-income families and individuals with residential utility payments who qualify to receive assistance.
"It's important for Hoosiers to contact their utility company," said Rep. Foley. "The extension on the moratorium for utility service disconnections could really assist some families under financial restraints."
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, low-income persons with residential utility payments will be provided with monetary assistance. However, that money was not distributed before the March 15 disconnection date expired.
Rep. Foley urges low-income Hoosiers struggling with utility bills to call their local utility companies to request a delay in the disconnection time.
For more information on utility services, disconnections, and financial assistance with utilities in Indiana, visit http://www.in.gov/oucc/2382.htm.
Contact Rep. Foley by e-mail at email@example.com, by calling the Statehouse at 1-800-382-9841 or by writing him at the Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St., Room 401-4, Indianapolis, IN 46204.