Summer-fall Utility Report
The United Way of Bruce Grey is releasing their numbers for the first 5 months of the new reporting year for its Utility Assistance Program. The United Way switched to reporting on a July to June format to more accurately capture the impact of a single winter.
From July 1st to November 30th the United Way has provided almost $105 000 in support to over 355 people, 266 requests.
“The program use to slow down over the summer” admits United Way Executive Director Francesca Dobbyn, “but the last two winters: one really long, the last really cold has impacted people’s ability to catch up on their utility bills in the summer.”
Households are only permitted to access each sub-fund once per calendar year, and many households are needing support within an 8 month window, rather than the permitted 12 months.
Unrestricted* funds are now being used to keep people connected to all forms of utility, whereas in the past there was sufficient funding to meet those needs within the restricted fund. *Restricted funds are funds from the utility companies themselves only to be used for that utility companies’ customers
Additional funds paid:
Westario Power – 10 customers – $3 752.68 paid
Union Gas – 8 customers – $2 465.23
Hydro One – 15 customers – $6 677.95 paid
“These are the exceptions, families without any other resource who have exhausted other supports and without the United Way stepping in, would be disconnected from their utilities” explained Dobbyn.
For the 2014-15 Utility Program the United Way provided $260 579 in support to 579 requests.
“While only 4 months into the new cycle, we’ve used 40% of what we used last year, when comparing year over year” Dobbyn noted.
At this rate the United Way needs to raise an additional $55 000 on top of the $155 000 that would match what was distributed in 2014-15. To make a donation click here!
See attached for more data.
For more information please contact Francesca at 519 376 1560