WV Utility Aid Program Tops Service Goal

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Charleston, WV. (AP) -- A program that helps low-income West Virginians maintain utility service has topped its goal to serve 1,500 households.

The West Virginia Utility Assistance Program says it's provided more than $437,000 to 1,520 households since it began accepting applications on Oct. 1, 2008.

Program Director Danielle Snidow says funding is still available to help customers of West Virginia-American Water and Equitable Gas pay their bills.

Residents can apply for aid at their local Salvation Army office.

The assistance program is an initiative of the nonprofit Dollar Energy Fund Inc.

Its utility partners also include Allegheny Power, American Electric Power, Dominion Hope and Mountaineer Gas.

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