Utility aid increased
Special to the Explorer
The day before her retirement, Johnson County Human Services and Agency Trish Moore successfully lobbied the Johnson County Commission for an additional $50,000 for 2006 to be used for utility assistance.
The funds will come from the county's General Fund Reserves.
Responding to the need, commissioners increased the original request of $30,000 by an additional $20,000 in its final approval.
Both Moore and Nan Frink, Community Social Service Team Manager for the department, were in full support and thankful of increased funding for the program.
The request was based on the 2005 allocation, but Fink said additional funding would be beneficial in helping eligible households receive $100 allocations to help pay for rising utility bills and soaring natural gas costs.
The county's emergency assistance program is administered by Human Services and Aging which, operates five multi-service centers and the Roeland Park Community Center, serving as a safety net for local low-income residents.
The city of De Soto matches the Utility Assistance Program to provide financial help with water, electric, natural gas, and propane expenses for eligible households.