JCCEO resuming applications for people needing help paying rent and heating utilities
JCCEO has resumed taking applications for rent and heating utilities to help those in need.
By Josh Gauntt | January 14, 2021 at 11:37 PM CST - Updated January 14 at 11:37 PM
You can once again apply for help paying your bills in Jefferson County.
For the past few months, hundreds of people a day were reaching out to the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity for help with their utility bills and rent. JCCEO is using CARES Act funds to pay those bills.
Just before Christmas, the organization had to temporarily stop accepting applications to catch up. Earlier this week, JCCEO resumed taking applications and is working as fast as it can to process them.
Director of Community Support Hollis Johnson tells us many people are being evicted from their homes and their power bills are past due.
“The key to what we’re doing is really trying to work with the landlords and utility companies to hold off on shutting off power, shutting off utilities, and doing evictions until we can get those applications processed,” Johnson said.
JCCEO is still running behind on processing applications but it’s made changes to its system to try and speed things up.
Johnson says the quickest way for people to get a status check on their applications is by emailing JCCEO.
If you need assistance visit jcceo.org/liheap for utility assistance, jcceo.org/csbg for rental assistance.
To contact JCCEO to inquire about your application, call 205-327-7500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for utility assistance or email@example.com for rent.
Hundreds of people a day reaching out to JCCEO for help paying rent and utilities.
JCCEO working overtime to help those in need.
By Joshua Gauntt | December 5, 2020, at 9:36 AM CST - Updated December 5 at 9:58 AM
Many people are struggling right now to make ends meet. We saw that Friday in applications for help to pay rent and utilities. Hundreds of people a day are reaching out to the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity. Using CARES Act money, the JCCEO says it’s doing the best it can with a staff of about five people to help as many people as possible. “We’re probably getting three times the amount of requests that we have in the past,” Hollis Johnson, the JCCEO Director of Community Support said. Johnson tells us many people are being evicted from their homes. Their power bills are past due. The agency works closely with utility companies and landlords to try and help, but with so many reaching out for help right now, Johnson says it’s putting them behind. “Someone has to sit and sort those. We have to make sure we have the right documents because the grant requires that we have certain documents,” Johnson said. Johnson wants to assure the community, JCCEO will help you. It’s just taking the time. “If you’ll be patient with us, we will get to you. Let us know if we need to contact a landlord to let them know where they are in the process. We’ll be happy to do that. Give us a little time to call you back because we have a lot of phone calls coming in,” Johnson said. The agency did have a glitch with the phone lines this week, but Johnson says everything is working now. Earlier this week, a gentleman reached out to us for help after not hearing from the JCCEO. Johnson says hundreds of people were in front of him, but luckily his situation with his utility bill has been taken care of.
If you need assistance visit jcceo.org/liheap for utility assistance, jcceo.org/csbg for rental assistance, or jcceo.org/householdsupportprogram if you have been directly impacted by a loss/reduction of income due to COVID-19.
To contact JCCEO call 205-327-7500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for utility assistance or email@example.com for rent or the Jefferson County Cares Household Support Program.
Article by MARY SCOTT HODGIN of WBHM 90.3 Public Radio| JULY 24, 2020
A client provides documentation to JCCEO's manager of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which assists residents with utility bills.
Since March, more than 300,000 Alabamians have received extra weekly payments of $600 through the federal CARES Act, enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. That extra unemployment benefit ends Friday, along with a moratorium on evictions from properties with federally-backed mortgages.
Hollis Johnson, director of community services for the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity (JCCEO), worries that without this financial assistance, many families will struggle to make ends meet. JCCEO has two programs to help residents cover utility bills or rent, and according to Johnson, demand has already increased significantly since the pandemic began.
“We’ve seen a huge influx of new people that have never seen us, have never had to access our services before,” Johnson said.
As Congress debates another stimulus package, many Alabama residents will now see their weekly unemployment checks drop to less than $300. Johnson said it is difficult to find a job right now, with some businesses still closed and others cutting back due to decreased demand, but families still have bills to pay.
“I hope that the landlords don’t become impatient and start really evicting families, the power company turning clients off, ” Johnson said. “I guess that’s my greatest fear.”
Michelle Farley is also concerned. As executive director of One Roof, an agency that coordinates care for the homeless in central Alabama, Farley has seen a recent increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness.
“We are frankly terrified that those numbers are going to go up exponentially,” she said.
Farley said there was already a shortage of emergency shelters before the pandemic began and now, capacity is even more limited due to social distancing efforts. She said it is difficult to know what the next few months will look like, but she anticipates that evictions will increase significantly and many people will face homelessness, some for the first time.
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