A family of three can have income of up to $29,205 a year and still qualify for the program. The income limit for a single person is $17,235; for a family of two, $23,265; for a family of four, $35,325; and for a family of five, $41,355.
The program provides up to $500 in assistance for three utilities. For example, a qualifying individual could obtain up to $500 to help pay heating costs. They then could obtain up to $500 for a power bill and up to $500 for a water bill, Coffman said. A family can receive a maximum of $1,500 during the program year, which runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.
About 67 percent of applicants are women.
"A lot of those are single moms," Coffman said.
About 59 percent of households applying for the program have children, and 8 percent are seniors.
To apply, visit www.dollarenergy.org or one of the partnering agencies like Covenant House and Mountain Mission.
Prospective applicants can also call 1-800-683-7036. Anyone wishing to donate can call Coffman at 304-549-8991.