JACKSON, Miss. – As the number of Mississippians struggling to pay bills continues to grow, those who can provide help are coming together to get aid to as many of these low-income and newly-poor people as possible.
The result is the Energy Assistance Fair, a one-stop shop for Mississippians in need. Here, representatives from community action agencies, utilities and non-profit groups will help people sign up for bill payment assistance and credit counseling; teach them how to save money on utilities and give them free weatherization kits, CFL light bulbs, energy efficient power strips and more.
Hinds County Human Resource Agency is one of a number of participating organizations including United Way 2-1-1 Mississippi, Atmos Energy, Centerpoint Energy, Entergy Mississippi, Inc., Mississippi Department of Human Services, Madison County Citizens Services Agency, Rankin County Human Resource Agency, South Central Community Action Agency and The Salvation Army.
“The Energy Assistance Fair came about as we re-designed our annual Low-Income Summit,” said Napoleon Johnson, vice president of customer services for Entergy Mississippi, Inc. “Usually at the Summit we talk about ways to address the problems poverty causes. This year, we are kicking off the conference with an event designed to put those who can offer help in touch with those who need that help.
The event, free and open to the public, is on Wednesday, May 23, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex on Pascagoula Street in downtown Jackson.
The Energy Assistance Fair is a part of Entergy and the Mississippi Association of Community Action Agencies’ (MACAA) revamped Low Income Summit and Partnership Conference, now in its 13th year. Re-titled, “Positioned for Progress,” this joint conference features statewide leaders from Mississippi’s non-profits, government agencies, foundations and volunteer organizations will be held May 23 through May 25.