ORANGE COUNTY, Fla — Channel 9 on Friday tagged along with Meals on Wheels as they checked on area seniors to see how they’re handling the latest heat wave.
The efforts come at a time when another round of federal assistance is also ready to help seniors with rising energy bills.
Meals on Wheels is a partnership between the Osceola Council on Aging and the sheriff’s office. Now deep into July and with temperatures rising, it’s more than meals that they’re bringing.
As a provider agency for the Senior Resource Alliance, the wellness checks keep the council ready to connect seniors to programs to help.
Compared to this time last year, the SRA reports a 34% increase in Central Florida seniors struggling to pay energy bills.
The SRA encourages them to apply for federal funds now available through Emergency Home Energy Assistance, or E-HEAP.
Residents 60 and over who qualify can receive $5,000 in help, a jump from the previous $3,500 limit this spring.
The money can be used for energy bills and fees, repairs, equipment or even temporary shelter.
The new funding is open to eligible seniors in Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Brevard counties.
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