Nichole Hannahs

Helping Residence in Financial Difficulty

by Nichole Hannahs on May 31, 2011 at 12:13 pm

American Electric Power and the United Way team up to help residents of Perry, Muskingum and Morgan Counties.

AEP provided the agency with over $21,000 to be used to help those experiencing financial difficulties with rent or mortgage payments. One of the qualifications is that you must be at least one month behind in making those payments.

"It will help these folks just to get back on track if there was just something that seemed to bump them off that track," said 211 Call Center Manager Audry Foster. "Again it’s not to prevent homelessness necessarily it’s just to help those that have found themselves in a position that was just untimely.

Foster said to encourage money management the Call Center is pairing up with the Financial Stability Partnership to offer those that come in a chance to take classes to build stronger money management skills.

"That really changes the perspective of that person," explained Foster. "It just helps them to help themselves next time."

For those interested in the program they must be an AEP customer and be 200% below the poverty level.

To find out more contact the 211 Call Center.